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vicious

vi·cious

vicious

 
 
pronunciation:
vI shs
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: given to or characterized by violence or cruelty; savage; fierce.
The dog had been trained to be vicious and had become a danger even to his owner.Her injuries showed that she had been the victim of a vicious attack.
synonyms:
cruel, ferocious, fierce, savage, violent
antonyms:
gentle
similar words:
barbaric, barbarous, brutal, brute, dangerous, evil, merciless, predatory, ruthless, slashing, truculent, wild
definition 2: characterized by vice; wicked; immoral.
He left his home and embarked on a vicious life in the city.
synonyms:
atrocious, evil, flagitious, heinous, immoral, nefarious, wicked
antonyms:
virtuous
similar words:
abhorrent, base, contemptible, despicable, fiendish, foul, infamous, loathsome, odious, poisonous, reprobate, vile, villainous
definition 3: malicious.
What he told you was a vicious lie.Why would he make such a vicious remark?
synonyms:
malevolent, malicious, malign, rancorous, spiteful, vindictive
antonyms:
benevolent, kindly
similar words:
acerbic, antagonistic, caustic, cruel, evil, hateful, hostile, predatory, sardonic, venomous
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derivations: viciously (adv.), viciousness (n.)
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