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nefarious

Definition:

extremely wicked

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

nefariousness

Derivative:

nefariously

Comparative:

more nefarious

Superlative:

most nefarious

Similar to:

wicked

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

nefarious schemes

Synonyms:

villainous

Etymology:

Latin nefārius ("execrable, abominable"), from nefas ("something contrary to...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

nefarious | evil [synonym] | sinful [synonym] | wicked [synonym] | nefariously [adverb, derived]

evil; wicked; sinful (3 of 421 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

nefarious | evil [synonym] | black [synonym] | dark [synonym] | immoral [synonym] | iniquitous [synonym] | bad [synonym] | rotten [synonym] | sinful [synonym] | ...

flagrantly wicked or impious; "evil" (5 of 383 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Nefarious [disambiguation]

may refer to: Count Nefarious, a Toonstruck character | Doctor Nefarious, a Ratchet & Clank character | Doctor Nefarious Tropy, a Crash Bandicoot character | Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, a documentary film | Nefarious (bassist) (21st century),... (33 of 104 words, 8 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

nefarious | nefariously [derived] | nefariousness [derived]

(typically of an action or activity) wicked or criminal (9 of 54 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/nefarious

American Heritage Dictionary:

nefarious | nefariously [adverb, related] | nefariousness [noun, related]

Infamous by way of being extremely wicked. (7 of 37 words, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

nefarious [formal] | nefariously [adverb, derived] | nefariousness [noun, derived]

(especially of activities) evil or immoral (6 of 32 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/nefarious

Macmillan British Dictionary:

nefarious [formal]

evil, or dishonest (3 of 27 words, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

nefarious | nefariously [adverb, related] | nefariousness [noun, related]

very wicked; villainous; iniquitous (4 of 25 words, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

nefarious

extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous. (5 of 13 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

nefarious | evil [synonym, sense-specific] | vicious [synonym, sense-specific] | wicked [synonym, sense-specific]

infamous for being wicked | wicked or criminal (7 of 13 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/nefarious

Encarta Dictionary:

nefarious

utterly immoral or wicked (4 of 30 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861632717​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

nefarious

Origin: Latin nefārius ("execrable, abominable"), from nefas ("something contrary to divine law, an impious deed, sin, crime"), from ne- ("not") + fas ("the dictates of religion, divine law"), related to for ("I speak, I... (33 of 40 etymology words)

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Online Etymology:

nefarious

First use: about 1600

Origin: Latin nefarius "wicked, abominable", from nefas "crime, wrong, impiety", from ne- "not" + fas "right, lawful, divinely ... (19 of 24 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

nefarious

First use: about 1609

Origin: Latin nefarius, from nefas crime, from ne- not + fas right, divine law; perhaps akin to Greek themis law, tithenai to place

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American Heritage Dictionary:

nefarious

Origin: Latin nefārius, from nefās, crime, transgression: ne-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + fās, divine law; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.

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Oxford Dictionary:

nefarious

First use: early 17th century

Origin: Latin nefarius, from nefas, nefar- "wrong" (from ne- "not" + fas "divine law") + "-ous"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/nefarious

Collins Dictionary:

nefarious

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin nefārius, from nefās unlawful deed, from not + fās divine law

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/nefarious

New World Dictionary:

nefarious

Origin: Latin nefarius from nefas, crime, sin from ne-, not + fas, (divine) law, lawful

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nefarious

Encarta Dictionary:

nefarious

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: Latin nefarius from nefas "sin" from ne "not" + fas "divine law"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861632717​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

nefarious

Audio: British English pronunciation of "nefarious"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

nefarious [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "nefarious"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "nefarious"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

nefarious [formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "nefarious"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

nefarious [formal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "nefarious"

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the Free Dictionary:

nefarious

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "nefarious"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "nefarious" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

nefarious

Audio: English pronunciation of "nefarious"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

nefarious

Audio: North American pronunciation of "nefarious"

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YourDictionary Audio:

nefarious

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "nefarious" by speech synthesizer

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