from The Century Dictionary.

  • Impious: abominable; very shocking to the general sense of justice or religion.

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  • adjective Unspeakable, appalling.


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From Latin nefandus, from ne- ("not") + fandus, gerundive of fari ("to speak").


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  • Unspeakable.

    November 28, 2007

  • Well, just to draw a little of the fire away from the hideous nemaline word, might I say this one is no great shakes either. Though if one is looking for words ending in "dous" (a rare commodity, according to some, though I'm not buying it myself), I guess it's got that going for it.

    November 29, 2007

  • Hey, at least it's not all from the middle of the alphabet!

    November 29, 2007

  • I agree, though. This one's much worse than nemaline.

    And yet I've added both of them to my lists. :-D

    November 29, 2007

  • obsolete?

    December 11, 2008

  • See tacenda. Also infandous.

    And for God's sake, keep the pudenda off the agenda!

    December 11, 2008

  • "Many of the persons who held such opinions were, of course, guilty of the most nefandous conduct themselves, and yet saw no paradox in holding such views because they were not hypocrites themselves—they took no moral stances and lived by none."

    The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson, p 191 of the Spectra trade paperback

    May 22, 2016