What does vicious mean?

Definitions for vicious
ˈvɪʃ əsvi·cious

Here are all the possible meanings 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"

Wiktionary

  1. viciousadjective

    Pertaining to vice; characterised by immorality or depravity.

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

  2. viciousadjective

    Evil, immoral or depraved.

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

  3. viciousadjective

    Violent, destructive and cruel.

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

  4. viciousadjective

    Savage and aggressive.

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

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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Numerology

  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. Henry Kissinger:

    University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.

  2. Bill Clinton:

    She and other people who have gone online to defend Hillary and explain -- just explain -- why they supported her have been subject to vicious trolling and attacks that are literally too profane often -- not to mention sexist -- to repeat.

  3. Diana Graber:

    It's almost like a little competition for the number of likes, i think that's anxiety-ridden, because you get likes based on how many friends you have, and you have to keep posting things to get more friends and it's like a vicious circle.

  4. Kwon Ji-an:

    I was too young and socially immature to digest all the glamour and changes in the environment, and there's no self-medication whatsoever, then how do you respond to all of those vicious online comments? If you explain, they'll dismiss it as an excuse, and if you fight, they'll dislike you even more.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    We've heard silence from too many of our leaders, too often, we've accepted this as the new normal. It's worth asking ourselves what each of us may have done to contribute to this kind of vicious atmosphere in our politics.

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