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VICIOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vicious mean? 

VICIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective VICIOUS has 4 senses:

1. (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
2. having the nature of vice
3. bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure
4. marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful

  Familiarity information: VICIOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


VICIOUS (adjective)


Sense 1vicious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering

Synonyms:

vicious; savage; fell; cruel; barbarous; roughshod; brutal

Context examples:

a barbarous crime / brutal beatings / cruel tortures / Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks / a savage slap / vicious kicks

Similar:

inhumane (lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion)


Sense 2vicious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having the nature of vice

Synonyms:

evil; vicious

Similar:

wicked (morally bad in principle or practice)


Sense 3vicious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure

Synonyms:

reprehensible; criminal; condemnable; deplorable; vicious

Context examples:

a criminal waste of talent / a deplorable act of violence / adultery is as reprehensible for a husband as for a wife

Similar:

wrong (contrary to conscience or morality or law)


Sense 4vicious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful

Synonyms:

poisonous; venomous; vicious

Context examples:

poisonous hate / venomous criticism / vicious gossip

Similar:

malicious (having the nature of or resulting from malice)


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