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heinous - vocabulary

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adjective

Odious, hateful, totally reprehensible.

If you commit a big crime then you are crazy, and the more heinous the crime the crazier you must be. Therefore you are not responsible, and nothing is your fault.

—Peggy Noonan What I Saw at the Revolution (1990) Commenting on the insanity verdict handed down to John Hinckley, would-be assassin of President Ronald Reagan in 1981, as reported by Ms. Noonan and Dan Rather.

 

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