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Meaning of VICIOUS

Pronunciation:  'vishus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful; "a malevolent lie"; "poisonous hate...in his eyes"- Ernest Hemingway; "venomous criticism"; "vicious gossip"
  2. [adj]  (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; "a barbarous crime"; "brutal beatings"; "cruel tortures"; "Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks"; "a savage slap"; "vicious kicks"
  3. [adj]  having the nature of vice

VICIOUS is a 7 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: barbarous, brutal, cruel, depraved, evil, fell, inhumane, malevolent, malicious, poisonous, roughshod, savage, venomous, wicked



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Vi"cious\, a. [OF. vicious, F. vicieux, fr. L.
vitiosus, fr. vitium vice. See {Vice} a fault.]
1. Characterized by vice or defects; defective; faulty;

         Though I perchance am vicious in my guess. --Shak.

         The title of these lords was vicious in its origin.

         A charge against Bentley of vicious reasoning. --De

2. Addicted to vice; corrupt in principles or conduct;
   depraved; wicked; as, vicious children; vicious examples;
   vicious conduct.

         Who . . . heard this heavy curse, Servant of
         servants, on his vicious race.        --Milton.

3. Wanting purity; foul; bad; noxious; as, vicious air,
   water, etc. --Dryden.

4. Not correct or pure; corrupt; as, vicious language;
   vicious idioms.

5. Not well tamed or broken; given to bad tricks; unruly;
   refractory; as, a vicious horse.

6. Bitter; spiteful; malignant. [Colloq.]

Syn: Corrupt; faulty; wicked; depraved. -- {Vi"cious*ly},
     adv. -- {Vi"cious*ness}, n.