What is the meaning of vicious?


  • Of persons or their actions. ( able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering)
    • usage: "a barbarous crime"; "brutal beatings"; "cruel tortures"; "Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks"; "a savage slap"; "vicious kicks"
  • Having the nature of vice.
  • Bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure.
    • usage: "a criminal waste of talent"; "a deplorable act of violence"; "adultery is as reprehensible for a husband as for a wife"
  • Marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful.
    • usage: "poisonous hate"; "venomous criticism"; "vicious gossip"
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APAWordNet. (2010). vicious. Retrieved February 16, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/vicious/definitions/1187880
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "vicious" http://smartdefine.org/vicious/definitions/1187880 (accessed February 16, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, vicious, Smart Define, viewed 16 February, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/vicious/definitions/1187880>.
MLAWordNet. "vicious" 23 October 2010. Web. 16 February 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/vicious/definitions/1187880>
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