Nefarious is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of nefarious, followed by 36 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - extremely wicked
EXAMPLES - Nefarious in a Sentence
- I hereby bequeath you my successory in nefarious deeds; - p (source)
- KING: Because he was in some kind of nefarious business right? (source)
- Is he hurting, or is this some kind of nefarious media creation? (source)
- (Do I get extra points for using the word "nefarious" in a sentence?) (source)
- This is what we call the nefarious voting tendency called, "In Hop Step". (source)
- I don't want a Government that is corrupt, lies and moves in nefarious ways. (source)
- This was done by speculators, over seas, in dark polls and all kind of nefarious ways. (source)
- I have a friend who, as a rowdy teenager, spent a lot of time in nefarious activies in Oaxaca. (source)
- Apparently John Mackey is just the kind of nefarious businessman we need government to regulate. (source)
- Which of these people do you think would be most likely to be engaged in some kind of nefarious plot? (source)
- Tyler's "nefarious" scheme should be consummated; but the President continued to press the Texan negotiations. (source)
- An official that these sources say has been involved in what they call nefarious activities against the United States. (source)
- Holomisa said when one examined the "nefarious" role of the SADF in the Kwazulu-Natal conflict, the old Eastern Cape, Ciskei and (source)
- A little further down you used the word nefarious, which is one of my favorite words, but I might not have used it in a story on the radio. (source)
- Something which bugs me about Cap & Trade, which makes me think it must be really nefarious, is that there is a simple way to reduce fuel use. (source)
- Unless The British Museum is involved in nefarious dealings then I can't imagine that the burglers are going to make very much out of these coins. (source)
- But this latest decision by the Justice Department and the White House does little to ensure this kind of nefarious behavior from ever happening again. (source)
- What could you have been thinking about -- oh deacon, deacon (if you are a deacon) to set before the impressible youth of our land such a "nefarious" example. (source)
- He said "nefarious" businessmen "bent on destroying our economy through selfish, devilish and corrupt business practises presented policing challenges that are new." (source)
- Whether they were people who were trying to carry out some kind of nefarious attack in the form of a car bomb or what have you, or were victims of an attack, still to be determined -- Leon. (source)
- Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's candidacy for deputy president should not be endorsed by the leadership of the ANC because of her not undeserved "nefarious" reputation, Democratic Party leader Tony (source)
- Now, there's a lot of assumptions in this bill that really are kind of nefarious, and I believe that the typical American family will pay $1,000 to $2,000 more for coverage for a family of four. (source)
- Not even illicit businesses based on rent-seeking, corruption or theft can sufficiently describe the kind of nefarious business interests that lurk behind the Bush administration's preemptive wars. (source)
- MCINTYRE: Gates had already withstood a flurry of broadsides from committee chairman and ardent war critic Robert Byrd, who railed against the cost of what he called the nefarious infernal war in Iraq. (source)
- So yes, there is evidence he is taking care of those animals, but the question is, is there some kind of nefarious relationship between him and this psychiatrist, both of whom have been under such tremendous scrutiny? (source)
- The comet in due time disappeared, and the faithful were comforted by the assurance that, as in previous instances relating to eclipses, droughts, and rains, so also as regards this 'nefarious' comet, victory had been vouchsafed to the Church. (source)
- In a written statement, President Jonathan said the group, basking in what he called their nefarious success in Jos on Christmas Eve, once again knifed at the heartstrings of a nation celebrating New Year's Eve with this evil and wicked attack. (source)
- Stofile said the most recent attack in which eight women died was an indication that the killings were not as a result of faction fighting, but some "nefarious" plot by elements wishing to destabilise the region and make people untrusting of an African (source)
- PS - just to clarify something above, where you used the word "nefarious" -- I don't contend that there's a bunch of Snidely Whiplash characters in the backroom, cackling conspiratorially as they plot to ensure that Kucinich will never be taken seriously. (source)
- There are about 540 members and the Opposition -- the Labour Party and that section of the Liberal Party to which I have the honour to belong which withdrew from the Government after certain nefarious practices had been conducted at Ottawa three years ago. (source)
- Mayor Rudy Giuliani held a press conference exposing what he characterized as a nefarious cult - hoopla that ended with a whimper as the Village Voice, The New York Times, Newsday, and other papers reported that NatlFed seemed to have never actually done anything. (source)
- In fine, we must live on herbs and in tents as the Arabs do, and go out into the world in puris naturalibus (stark naked) just because those miserable, impertinent, forward and "nefarious" infidels live in houses, eat bread and meat and conceal their trifling bodies in clothes. (source)
- University scientists who have signed petitions demanding that BPA be banned insist nothing nefarious is going on here, it just happens that the studies that don't find problems administer BPA the way humans take it and those that find problems involve injecting rats, and I believe them. (source)
- The dignity and vision of the band, and of Mark Smith, never cease to amaze; their intuitive understanding of what constitutes a totally wired, totally weird and totally worthwhile four minutes of visceral rock'n'roll defies belief; their refusal even to contemplate what could be construed as any kind of nefarious external (source)
- There's a difference between Hillary's (admittedly lame) fundraising joke -- my impression is that all fundraising speeches come equipped with some claim that the topic/people/area are particularly near and dear to the politician's heart -- and circulating a memo that is clearly designed to evoke criticism of the Clintons, based on "nefarious" ties to foreign business (source)
- There's a difference between Hillary's (admittedly lame) fundraising joke -- my impression is that all fundraising speeches come equipped with some claim that the topic/people/area are particularly near and dear to the politician's heart -- and circulating a memo that is clearly designed to evoke criticism of the Clintons, based on "nefarious" ties to foreign business. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 36 example sentences provided below is 47.0, which suggests that "nefarious" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 36 synonyms for nefarious.
abominable, atrocious, base, corrupt, criminal, degenerate, depraved, detestable, dreadful, evil, execrable, flagitious, flagrant, foul, glaring, gross, heinous, horrible, infamous, infernal, iniquitous, miscreant, monstrous, odious, opprobrious, outrageous, perverse, putrid, rank, rotten, shameful, treacherous, vicious, vile, villainous, wicked
We have 13 antonyms for nefarious.
delightful, gentle, good, honorable, kind, magnificent, nice, pleasant, pleasing, respectable, virtuous, wonderful, worthy
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of nefarious from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Infamous by way of being extremely wicked.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) infamous for being wicked
- (adjective) wicked or criminal
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Wicked in the extreme; abominable; iniquitous; atrociously villainous; execrable; detestably vile.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Wicked in the extreme; heinous; abominable; atrociously sinful or villainous; detestably vile.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) extremely wicked