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Definitions for virulent
ˈvɪr yə lənt, ˈvɪr ə-vir·u·lent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deadly, venomous, virulentadjective

    extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom

    "venomous snakes"; "a virulent insect bite"

  2. virulentadjective

    infectious; having the ability to cause disease

  3. acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent, vitriolicadjective

    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. virulentadjective

    highly infectious, malignant or deadly.

  2. virulentadjective

    Hostile to the point of being venomous; intensely acrimonious.

    The politicians were virulent in their hatred of the president.

  3. Etymology: From virus.


  1. virulent

    Virulent refers to something that is extremely severe, harmful, poisonous, or pathogenic in its effect. In the context of diseases or microbes, it refers to the degree of pathogenicity within a group or species of parasites, as indicated by case fatality rates and/or the ability of the organism to invade the tissues of a host or cause disease. It can also refer to malicious or hostile behavior or language in interpersonal interactions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Virulentadjective

    extremely poisonous or venomous; very active in doing injury

  2. Virulentadjective

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

  3. Etymology: [L. virulentus, fr. virus poison: cf. F. virulent. See Virus.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Virulent

    vir′ū-lent, adj. full of poison: very active in injury: bitter in enmity: malignant.—ns. Vir′ulence, Vir′ulency.—adv. Vir′ulently. [L. virulentusvirus, poison.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of virulent in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of virulent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of virulent in a Sentence

  1. Dhiren Gupta:

    This virus is more infectious and virulent .... We have 35-year olds with pneumonia in intensive care, which was not happening last year, the situation is chaotic.

  2. John Mekalanos:

    This is really fascinating for understanding mechanistically another way to acquire genes that encode factors that make it virulent.

  3. Francois Balloux:

    Early, largely anecdotal evidence suggests Omicron may be less virulent than Delta. This would be good news if confirmed, in principle.

  4. The Washington Times:

    Former Vice PresidentJoseph R. Bidenassailed PresidentTrump’s supporters during a speech Saturday at the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington, lamenting that ‘virulent people’ and the ‘dregs of society’ still had a friend in the White House.

  5. Hannes Schroeder:

    Our ancestors lived in a different environment and had a different lifestyle and diet, and it is therefore interesting to find out how this is reflected in their microbiome,' it can help us understand how pathogens have evolved and spread over time, and what makes them particularly virulent in a given environment. At the same time, it may help predict how a pathogen will behave in the future, and how it might be contained or eradicated.

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