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virulent

vir·u·lent

virulent

 
pronunciation:
vir y lnt
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: highly poisonous, or extremely injurious to health.
The process produces a virulent gas.
synonyms:
lethal, noxious, poisonous, toxic
antonyms:
harmless, nontoxic
similar words:
deadly, deleterious, destructive, evil, fatal, injurious, malign, malignant, unhealthy, venomous
definition 2: aggressively malignant, infectious, or disease-producing.
The disease is caused by a particularly virulent strain of the bacteria.The rats were injected with virulent cancer cells.
synonyms:
infectious, malignant
similar words:
deadly, destructive, evil, infective, ruinous, severe
definition 3: fiercely antagonistic or hateful; marked by intense rancor or malice.
The husband and wife hurled virulent accusations at each other.
synonyms:
antagonistic, hateful, malicious, rancorous
similar words:
caustic, evil, fierce, harsh, hostile, malevolent, malign, malignant, savage, spiteful, venomous, vicious
derivation: virulently (adv.)