Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:
Many things are bad, but some are just vile. For the latter category, we have words like flagitious (pronounced fluh-JISH-us).
It can mean "vicious," "villainous," or responsible for brutal or cruel crimes. It can mean more generally "infamous" or "scandalous."
The Latin noun flagitium, "shameful act," yields the adjective flagitiosus, and from there to English