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, vicious(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"

  2. evil, vicious(adj)

    having the nature of vice

  3. condemnable, criminal, deplorable, reprehensible, vicious(adj)

    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, vicious(adj)

    marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful

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

Wiktionary

  1. vicious(Adjective)

    Pertaining to vice; characterised by immorality or depravity.

  2. vicious(Adjective)

    Evil, immoral or depraved.

  3. vicious(Adjective)

    Violent, destructive and cruel.

  4. vicious(Adjective)

    Savage and aggressive.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vicious(adj)

    characterized by vice or defects; defective; faulty; imperfect

  2. Vicious(adj)

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

  3. Vicious(adj)

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

  4. Vicious(adj)

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

  5. Vicious(adj)

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

  6. Vicious(adj)

    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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas Paine:

    Human nature is not of itself vicious.

  2. Oscar Wilde:

    Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

  3. Henry Kissinger:

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

  4. Marko Cunningham:

    I've seen a lot, but I've never seen injuries as vicious as these injuries.

  5. House Speaker Paul Ryan:

    The blame lies with the people who committed these vicious acts and no one else.

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