Nefarious vs Unmentionable - What's the difference?
Nefarious is a synonym of unmentionable.
As adjectives the difference between nefarious and unmentionable
is that nefarious
is sinful, villainous, criminal, or wicked, especially when noteworthy or notorious for such characteristics while unmentionable
is not mentionable.
Sinful, villainous, criminal, or wicked, especially when noteworthy or notorious for such characteristics.
* 1828 , , The Red Rover , ch. 2:
* 1877 , , The Life of Cicero , ch. 9:
- "If the vessel be no fair-trading slaver, nor a common cruiser of his Majesty, it is as tangible as the best man's reasoning, that she may be neither more nor less than the ship of that nefarious pirate the Red Rover."
* 1921 , , The Indiscretions of Archie , ch. 26:
- Mommsen . . . declares that Catiline in particular was "one of the most nefarious' men in that ' nefarious age. His villanies belong to the criminal records, not to history."
* 2009 Oct. 14, Monica Davey, "
- The fact that the room was still in darkness made it obvious that something nefarious was afoot. Plainly there was dirty work in preparation at the cross-roads.
Fact Checker Finds Falsehoods in Remarks," New York Times (retrieved 12 May 2014):
- “I try to let everyone back here in Minnesota know exactly the nefarious activities that are taking place in Washington.”
* Commonly used in contexts involving villainous plans, conspiracies, or actions, as in:
:* 1909 , , The Lady of the Shroud , book 7:
::: The whole nefarious scheme was one of the "put-up jobs" which are part of the dirty work of a certain order of statecraft.
* evil, iniquitous, sinister, underhanded, vile
* See also