Adjective "nefarious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(typically of an action or activity) wicked or criminal.
  1. 'Concerned good citizens who think they may have discovered some nefarious doings should email the anti piracy team here.'
  2. 'How many people were involved in nefarious activity made the journey?'
  3. 'I don't know if this was because she was just trying to be unobtrusive, or if she thought we were up to some nefarious activity.'
  4. 'Also I was told that wizards keep ghosts for their nefarious activities.'
  5. 'It was just a rock known for nefarious activities that took place there.'
  6. 'If you are here on a search for nefarious things, I'm afraid I have no nefarious things.'
  7. 'Yet he is not cheating in the way most of us understand the term - he is not seeking to gain an advantage by nefarious means.'
  8. 'They hit us where it hurts and do their damnedest to sell us products we neither want nor need in all manner of nefarious ways.'
  9. 'Criminals don't carry out their nefarious acts in and around taxis.'
  10. 'She was also known for her escapades as a spy and for her various other nefarious activities.'


1. extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous: a nefarious plot.

More examples(as adjective)

"activities can be nefarious."

"designs can be nefarious."

"purposes can be nefarious."

"trades can be nefarious."

"precedents can be nefarious."

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Early 17th century: from Latin nefarius, from nefas, nefar- ‘wrong’ (from ne- ‘not’ + fas ‘divine law’) + -ous.