how to pronounce nefarious


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nefarious is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of nefarious in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… dancers and then very nefarious illegal …”

meanings of nefarious


  1. Sinful, villainous, criminal, or wicked, especially when noteworthy or notorious for such characteristics. Aliens have a nefarious connotation in many science fiction books.

nefarious frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word nefarious occurs in english on average 1.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics nefarious can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that nefarious can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

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