What does the word heinous mean?

Usage examples for heinous

  1. But the first communication to the Rajah, though it pointed out the heinous nature of his offence, was, through a natural fear of exasperating our captors, couched in very moderate language. – Himalayan Journals V2. by J. D. Hooker
  2. I left him living in foul and heinous offences; but I was one of the first instruments to bring him to them. – The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3 by John Bunyan
  3. But as an adviser and personal director of those who had been heinous sinners, and had learnt to cry in the agony of their souls, 'What must I do to be saved? – The English Church in the Eighteenth Century by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton