adjective Date: 1535 1. viperine 2. having the qualities attributed to a viper ; malignant, venomous <
the backstabbing of a viperous family
viperously adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Viperous — Vi per*ous, a. Having the qualities of a viper; malignant; venomous; as, a viperous tongue. This viperous slander. Shak. {Vi per*ous*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • viperous — [adj] malicious, venomous badnatured, baleful, bitter, evil, evil minded, green eyed*, jealous, malevolent, mean, nasty, ornery, poisonous, rancorous, resentful, spiteful, vengeful, vicious, vindictive, wicked; concepts 267,401,542 …   New thesaurus

  • viperous — [vī′pərəs] adj. of, having the nature of, or like a viper; esp., spiteful or malicious: also viperish viperously adv …   English World dictionary

  • viperous — ˈvīp(ə)rəs adjective Etymology: viper + ous 1. : of, relating to, or composed of vipers 2. a. : characteristic of a viper : deliberately treacherous : malignant, venomous viperous treach …   Useful english dictionary

  • viperous — viperously, adv. /vuy peuhr euhs/, adj. 1. of the nature of or resembling a viper: a viperous movement. 2. of or pertaining to vipers. 3. characteristic of vipers. 4. venomous. [1525 35; VIPER + OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • viperous — viper ► NOUN 1) a poisonous snake with large hinged fangs and a body typically with dark patterns on a lighter background. 2) a spiteful or treacherous person. DERIVATIVES viperish adjective viperous adjective. ORIGIN Latin vipera, from vivus… …   English terms dictionary

  • viperous — adjective a) of or pertaining to a viper b) venomous, malicious or treacherous …   Wiktionary

  • viperous — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. lethal, deadly, venomous; see poisonous . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. malicious, vicious, spiteful, nasty, venomous, malignant, mean, vindictive, Satanic, deadly. ANT.: nice, sweet, harmless …   English dictionary for students

  • viperous — adj. of a viper, of a poisonous snake …   English contemporary dictionary

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