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February 14, 2008
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Thursday, 14th February 2008 : Today's Word is ...

Nefarious



( Adjective )



Pronunciation : ne-fιrree-ess


Definition:


1. Infamous by way of being extremely wicked

2. Utterly immoral or wicked

3. So objectionable as to elicit despisal or deserve condemnation

4. Morally bad in principle or practice


Etymology:


Early 17th century - Latin nefarius - nefas - sin - ne - not + fas - divine law


Synonyms


abhorrent, abominable, antipathetic, contemptible, despicable, despisable, detestable, disgusting, egregious, filthy, foul, infamous, loathsome, lousy, low, mean2, nasty, obnoxious, odious, repugnant, rotten, shabby, vicious, vile, wretched

• Egregious means conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible.

• Exceptional means well above average or surpassing what is common or usual or expected.


• Vicious is savage or cruel.

• Viscous is thick or gummy, as a liquid that is hard to pour.


• Vial is a small container, especially for liquids.

• Vile is an adjective meaning despicable, disgusting, or repulsive.


Antonyms


admirable, good, honorable, respectable, virtuous, worthy


Contextual Examples:


• A crowd gathered around the wanted poster of the nefarious criminal.

• And now, thus unexpectedly, I found myself joining the nefarious conspiracy.

• These methods are when, either by some wicked or nefarious ways.

• Less figuratively speaking, he came up into the printing-office to expose from the book the nefarious plagiarism of an editor in a neighboring city.


Related Words:


• nefariously : Adverb

• nefariousness : Noun


Common Misspellings of Trenchant:


• nefaries

• nebarious


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