Definitions for virulentˈvɪr yə lənt, ˈvɪr ə-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
vir•u•lentˈvɪr yə lənt, ˈvɪr ə-(adj.)
actively poisonous; intensely noxious.
a virulent disease.
violently or spitefully hostile.
intensely bitter, spiteful, or malicious.
Origin of virulent:
1350–1400; ME verulent < L vīrulentus=vīr(us) poison
deadly, venomous, virulent(adj)
extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom
"venomous snakes"; "a virulent insect bite"
infectious; having the ability to cause disease
acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent, vitriolic(adj)
harsh or corrosive in tone
"an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose"; "a barrage of acid comments"; "her acrid remarks make her many enemies"; "bitter words"; "blistering criticism"; "caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics"; "a sulfurous denunciation"; "a vitriolic critique"
highly infectious, malignant or deadly.
Hostile to the point of being venomous; intensely acrimonious.
The politicians were virulent in their hatred of the president.
Origin: From virus.
extremely poisonous or venomous; very active in doing injury
very bitter in enmity; actuated by a desire to injure; malignant; as, a virulent invective