A Word A Day : Nefarious

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

Nefarious



( Adjective )



Pronunciation : ne-férree-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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