(Latin) nefandus not to be spoken; ne not + fari to speak.
Unfit to speak of; unmentionable; impious; execrable. (obsolete) "Nefand adominations." Sheldon. "Nefandous high treason." Cotton Mather.
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From Latin nefandus, from ne- (“not”) + fandus, gerundive of fari (“to speak”).
Adjective nefandous (comparative more nefandous, superlative most nefandous) Unspeakable, appalling. 1684, Increase Mather, An Essay for the Recording of Illustrious Providences: Also the Daemon belched forth most horrid and nefandous Blasphemies, exalting himself above the most High. 1931, H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness It had only horror, because I knew unerringly the monstrous, nefandous analogy that had suggested it. 1999, Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon some combination of scrapie, long-term climatic change, nefandous conduct by jealous Outer Qwghlmians, and a worldwide shift in fashion away from funny-smelling thirty-pound sweaters with small arthropods living in them had driven them all into honest poverty and then not-so-honest poverty and led to their forcible transportation to Australia.
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