- nefarious:  Latin nefās ‘sin’ denoted etymologically something that was contrary to the divine law. It was a compound noun formed from the negative particle ne- and fās ‘divine law, dictates of religion’. From it was derived the adjective nefārius, source of English nefarious.
- nefarious (adj.)
- c. 1600, from Latin nefarius "wicked, abominable, impious," from nefas "crime, wrong, impiety," from ne- "not" (see un-) + fas "right, lawful, divinely spoken," related to fari "to speak," from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak, tell, say" (see fame (n.)). Related: Nefariously.
- 1. Why make a whole village prisoner if it was not to some nefarious purpose?
- 2. My father believes you all have a nefarious purpose here.
- 3. He was universally feared because of his many nefarious deeds.
- 4. Godalhi and Koon pooled their resources in the capture of nefarious criminals.
- 5. The gifts of the earth were put only to nefarious uses.
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