Definitions for virulentˈvɪr yə lənt, ˈvɪr ə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vir•u•lentˈvɪr yə lənt, ˈvɪr ə-(adj.)

  1. actively poisonous; intensely noxious.

    Category: Pathology

  2. highly infective:

    a virulent disease.

    Category: Medicine

  3. violently or spitefully hostile.

  4. intensely bitter, spiteful, or malicious.

Origin of virulent:

1350–1400; ME verulent < L vīrulentus=vīr(us) poison


Princeton's WordNet

  1. deadly, venomous, virulent(adj)

    extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom

    "venomous snakes"; "a virulent insect bite"

  2. virulent(adj)

    infectious; having the ability to cause disease

  3. 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"


  1. virulent(Adjective)

    highly infectious, malignant or deadly.

  2. virulent(Adjective)

    Hostile to the point of being venomous; intensely acrimonious.

    The politicians were virulent in their hatred of the president.

  3. Origin: From virus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Virulent(adj)

    extremely poisonous or venomous; very active in doing injury

  2. Virulent(adj)

    very bitter in enmity; actuated by a desire to injure; malignant; as, a virulent invective


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