What does virulent mean?

Definitions for virulentˈvɪr yə lənt, ˈvɪr ə-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word virulent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. deadly, venomous, virulent(adj)

    extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom

    "venomous snakes"; "a virulent insect bite"

  2. virulent(adj)

    infectious; having the ability to cause disease

  3. acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent, vitriolic(adj)

    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. virulent(Adjective)

    highly infectious, malignant or deadly.

  2. virulent(Adjective)

    Hostile to the point of being venomous; intensely acrimonious.

    The politicians were virulent in their hatred of the president.

  3. Origin: From virus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Virulent(adj)

    extremely poisonous or venomous; very active in doing injury

  2. Virulent(adj)

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

  3. Origin: [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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Mekalanos:

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

  2. Mr Stergiopoulos:

    We have demonstrated that two of the three most serious banana fungal diseases have become more virulent by increasing their ability to manipulate the banana’s metabolic path ways and make use of its nutrients, this parallel change in metabolism of the pathogen and the host plant has been overlooked until now and may represent a ‘ molecular fingerprint ’ of the adaptation process.

  3. Olive Schreiner:

    Slavery may, perhaps, be best compared to the infantile disease of measles; a complaint which so commonly attacks the young of humanity in their infancy, and when gone through at that period leaves behind it so few fatal marks; but which when it normally attacks the fully developed adult becomes one of the most virulent and toxic of diseases, often permanently poisoning the constitution where it does not end in death.

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