Antonyms for nefarious

Grammar : Adj
Spell : ni-fair-ee-uhs
Phonetic Transcription : nɪˈfɛər i əs

Definition of nefarious

Origin :
  • c.1600, from Latin nefarius "wicked, abominable, impious," from nefas "crime, wrong, impiety," from ne- "not" (see un-) + fas "right, lawful, divinely spoken," related to fari "to speak" (see fame (n.)). Related: Nefariously.
  • adj bad, sinful
Example sentences :
  • Nay, they are neither; but, nevertheless, their errand is a nefarious one.
  • Extract from : « Camps, Quarters and Casual Places » by Archibald Forbes
  • They were probably out on the trail pursuing their nefarious calling.
  • Extract from : « The Twins of Suffering Creek » by Ridgwell Cullum
  • Might she not be the tool, consciously or unconsciously, of a nefarious plot?
  • Extract from : « The Crevice » by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  • It is the duty of patriotic Swedes to thwart this nefarious project.
  • Extract from : « England and Germany » by Emile Joseph Dillon
  • Let us see then if you'll dare to persist in this nefarious scheme.
  • Extract from : « Arthur O'Leary » by Charles James Lever
  • It was as if the whole world were blind to the nefarious nature of that man.
  • Extract from : « Romance » by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • To attempt to recover it by law would expose their nefarious practice.
  • Extract from : « Watch Yourself Go By » by Al. G. Field
  • The nefarious work of the tropics had left me lookin' different.
  • Extract from : « Cabbages and Kings » by O. Henry
  • Who knows but what this was included in their nefarious scheme.
  • Extract from : « The Loyalist » by James Francis Barrett
  • Not that he did not trust her, but he wished her to be no party to his nefarious work.
  • Extract from : « The Loyalist » by James Francis Barrett

Synonyms for nefarious

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