What does Vicious mean?

Definitions for Vicious
ˈvɪʃ əsvi·cious

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Vicious.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, viciousadjective

    (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"

  2. evil, viciousadjective

    having the nature of vice

  3. condemnable, criminal, deplorable, reprehensible, viciousadjective

    bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure

    "a criminal waste of talent"; "a deplorable act of violence"; "adultery is as reprehensible for a husband as for a wife"

  4. poisonous, venomous, viciousadjective

    marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful

    "poisonous hate"; "venomous criticism"; "vicious gossip"


  1. viciousadjective

    Pertaining to vice; characterised by immorality or depravity.

  2. viciousadjective

    Evil, immoral or depraved.

  3. viciousadjective

    Violent, destructive and cruel.

  4. viciousadjective

    Savage and aggressive.

  5. Etymology: From vicious, vicious (modern French vicieux), from vitiosus, from vitium.


  1. Vicious

    Vicious is a song written by Lou Reed, released as a single in 1973 and originally featured on Transformer, Reed's second post-Velvet Underground solo album.


  1. vicious

    Vicious is an adjective used to describe an action or behavior that is cruel, violent, dangerous, or immoral. It is often associated with harmful intent or being deliberately harmful or damaging. The term can also be applied to animals that are aggressive and likely to bite or attack.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Viciousadjective

    characterized by vice or defects; defective; faulty; imperfect

  2. Viciousadjective

    addicted to vice; corrupt in principles or conduct; depraved; wicked; as, vicious children; vicious examples; vicious conduct

  3. Viciousadjective

    wanting purity; foul; bad; noxious; as, vicious air, water, etc

  4. Viciousadjective

    not correct or pure; corrupt; as, vicious language; vicious idioms

  5. Viciousadjective

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

  6. Viciousadjective

    bitter; spiteful; malignant

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. vicious

    1. To be natural. 2. To give up lying. (A word taken from the Zynrxi, and first used by the French at the Siege of Paris to describe the Germans; hence, any one who does anything impolite or acts in any way strictly in accordance with his innate tastes.)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Vicious in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Vicious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Vicious in a Sentence

  1. Joanne Cantor:

    Children at a very young age think that what's on the screen is actually there, if a vicious beast is coming toward them on screen, a young child is going to be scared.

  2. Foreign Minister Park:

    I think we need to break the vicious cycle for the people in terms of national interest without neglecting such a prolonged strained relationship between South Korea and Japan.

  3. Timur Bakhtiev:

    People don't believe (protests) can change anything, it's true they don't change anything because they're too small. It's a vicious circle.

  4. Kim Thomas:

    My clients won't be able to afford me. I can't make a living. It's a vicious cycle.

  5. Scott Allen:

    To some extent I'm still nervous. I think we live in a time where sort of normal decency and normal rules don't seem to apply, and people can be quite vicious, so I'm not cavalier about our situation. ... We try to proceed at each step cautiously while at the same time doing what we have to do.

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    A witless
    B disjointed
    C alternate
    D brilliant

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