V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: very wicked or evil

Synonyms: evil, wicked, bad, villainous, heinous, treacherous, base, depraved

Antonyms: good, kind, moral

Tips: Nefarious refers to blatant evil or immorality. Its root word, nefas, meant "sin" in Latin. The noun nefariousness, of course, means evil or wickedness. Nefarious and depraved are synonyms. Both words are used to describe wicked, evil, and corrupt people or behavior. Depraved is used more to describe a person's character, while nefarious is used more to describe the evil or corrupt act: "He is a depraved man who is known for his nefarious business practices."

Usage Examples:

The con artist engaged in nefarious schemes that preyed on elderly victims. (wicked, evil)

He had an unsettling nefariousness about him and made people uneasy. (evilness, wickedness) noun

That single nefarious act made her infamous as a villain. (evil, treacherous)

The depraved mob boss was eventually convicted for committing murder and many other nefarious acts. (evil, corrupt, depraved)

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