Heinous vs Merciless - What's the difference?

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Heinous is a related term of merciless.


As adjectives the difference between heinous and merciless

is that heinous is totally reprehensible while merciless is showing no mercy; cruel and pitiless.

heinous

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Totally reprehensible.
  • I hope they catch the person responsible for that heinous crime.
    The perpetrators of this heinous act must be brought to justice.
    The government denounced the attack as the most heinous of the last decade.
    Political Leaders from around the world have condemned these heinous acts.
    In our public services sorry seems to be the most heinous word.

    Usage notes

    * Nouns to which "heinous" is often applied: crime, act, sin, murder, offence.

    Synonyms

    * (totally reprehensible) abominable, horrible, odious

    merciless

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • showing no mercy; cruel and pitiless
  • Synonyms

    * unmerciful

    Derived terms

    * mercilessness

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