vicious

  • 1 Vicious — Vi cious, a. [OF. vicious, F. vicieux, fr. L. vitiosus, fr. vitium vice. See {Vice} a fault.] 1. Characterized by vice or defects; defective; faulty; imperfect. [1913 Webster] Though I perchance am vicious in my guess. Shak. [1913 Webster] The… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 vicious — vicious, villainous, iniquitous, nefarious, flagitious, infamous, corrupt, degenerate are comparable when they mean highly reprehensible or offensive in character, nature, or conduct. Vicious may imply an addiction to or connection with vice or… …

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  • 3 vicious — [vish′əs] adj. [ME < OFr vicieus < L vitiosus, full of faults, corrupt, vicious < vitium,VICE1] 1. a) given to or characterized by vice; evil, corrupt, or depraved b) tending to deprave or corrupt; pernicious [vicious interests] c)… …

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  • 4 vicious — (adj.) early 14c. (implied in viciously), of the nature of vice, wicked, from Anglo Fr. vicious, O.Fr. vicieus, from L. vitiosus faulty, defective, corrupt, from vitium fault (see VICE (Cf. vice) (n.1)). Meaning inclined to be savage or dangerous …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 vicious — I adjective abandoned, acrimonious, atrocious, barbarous, beastly, blameworthy, brutal, censurable, contrary, corrupt, criminal, cruel, dangerous, debased, degenerate, demoralized, depraved, devilish, diabolical, disgraceful, evil, evil minded,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 vicious — [adj1] corrupt, wrong abandoned, abhorrent, atrocious, bad, barbarous, base, contaminated, cruel, dangerous, debased, degenerate, degraded, demoralized, depraved, diabolical, faulty, ferocious, fiendish, flagitious, foul, heinous, immoral,… …

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  • 7 vicious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) cruel or violent. 2) (of an animal) wild and dangerous. 3) literary immoral. DERIVATIVES viciously adverb viciousness noun. ORIGIN Latin vitiosus, from vitium vice …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 Vicious — Sid Vicious (eigentlich John Simon Ritchie; * 10. Mai 1957 in London, England; † 2. Februar 1979 in New York, USA) war ein britischer Punkrock Musiker und der Bassist der Band Sex Pistols. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Leben 1.1 Musikalisch …

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  • 9 vicious — 01. Be careful of their dog; it can be quite [vicious] towards strangers. 02. A young child was [viciously] attacked by a dog while playing in the park yesterday. 03. He was injured by a [vicious] kick from an opposing player. 04. The young man… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 10 vicious — viciously, adv. viciousness, n. /vish euhs/, adj. 1. addicted to or characterized by vice; grossly immoral; depraved; profligate: a vicious life. 2. given or readily disposed to evil: a vicious criminal. 3. reprehensible; blameworthy; wrong: a… …

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  • 11 vicious — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French vicios, from Latin vitiosus full of faults, corrupt, from vitium vice Date: 14th century 1. having the nature or quality of vice or immorality ; depraved 2. defective, faulty; also invalid 3 …

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  • 12 vicious — vi|cious [ˈvıʃəs] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: vicieux, from Latin vitiosus full of faults , from vitium; VICE] 1.) violent and cruel in a way that hurts someone physically ▪ a vicious murder ▪ a vicious killer ▪ Keep away from… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 vicious — vi|cious [ vıʃəs ] adjective * 1. ) extremely violent: a vicious attack/assault a vicious act of violence a vicious thug/killer a vicious animal He had a cruel and vicious streak. 2. ) extremely unkind or unpleasant: It was only a vicious rumor.… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 vicious — [[t]vɪ̱ʃəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A vicious person or a vicious blow is violent and cruel. He was a cruel and vicious man... He suffered a vicious attack by a gang of white youths... The blow was so sudden and vicious that he dropped to his knees.… …

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  • 15 vicious — adjective 1 violent and dangerous, and likely to hurt someone: a vicious attack | a vicious criminal | Keep away from that dog, he can be vicious. 2 cruel and deliberately trying to hurt someone s feelings or make their character seem bad: Sarah… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 vicious */ — UK [ˈvɪʃəs] / US adjective 1) extremely violent a vicious attack/assault a vicious act of violence a vicious thug/killer a vicious animal He had a cruel and vicious streak. 2) extremely unkind or unpleasant It was only a vicious rumour. He had a… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 vicious — adj. 1 bad tempered, spiteful (a vicious dog; vicious remarks). 2 violent, severe (a vicious attack). 3 of the nature of or addicted to vice. 4 (of language or reasoning etc.) faulty or unsound. Phrases and idioms: vicious circle see CIRCLE n. 11 …

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  • 18 Vicious — The term vicious may refer to:*Vicious (song), a song by Lou Reed *Vicious (rapper), a rapper from UGK Records *Sid Vicious, punk rock icon *Vicious, the Cowboy Bebop character *Full of vice …

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  • 19 vicious — adj. vicious to + inf. (it was vicious of him to make such an accusation) * * * [ vɪʃəs] vicious to + inf. (it was vicious of him to make such an accusation) …

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  • 20 vicious — vi•cious [[t]ˈvɪʃ əs[/t]] adj. 1) addicted to or characterized by vice; immoral or evil; depraved 2) spiteful; malicious: vicious gossip[/ex] 3) unpleasantly severe or intense: a vicious headache[/ex] 4) savage; ferocious: a vicious temper[/ex]… …

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