What does vicious mean?

Definitions for vicious
ˈvɪʃ əsvi·cious

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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.

  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.

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. Robert G. Ingersoll:

    Justice should remove the bandage from her eyes long enough to distinguish between the vicious and the unfortunate.

  2. 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.

  3. Karen Nettleton:

    Today she is a parent alone in a foreign and vicious land looking after a widowed 14-year-old and four other young children.

  4. The White House on Sunday:

    This wanton killing of innocents is just the most recent of the many vicious acts perpetrated by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against the people of the region, including the murders of dozens of Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai, which only further galvanizes the international community to unite against ISIL, this heinous act once again underscores the urgent need for a political resolution to the conflict in Libya, the continuation of which only benefits terrorist groups, including ISIL.

  5. Donald Trump:

    I told Admiral Jackson just a little while ago, what do you need this for ? this is a vicious group of people, they malign... what do you need it for ?

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