Definition of vicious in English:


Line breaks: vi|cious
Pronunciation: /ˈvɪʃəs


  • 2 literary Immoral: every soul on earth, virtuous or vicious, shall perish
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    • What had made me smile was his vicious and vile bigotry.
    • As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.
    • Satan, who represents Evil, the utterly vicious, is yet not a monster because he also fits absolutely into a certain moral universe, a certain symbolic order.
  • 3 archaic (Of language or a line of reasoning) imperfect; defective.



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  • So this is a man who can turn viciously on people who don't act in a moral way that he thinks is appropriate.
  • Two young men are still fighting for life after being viciously beaten in separate night attacks in Cork.
  • A gang of thugs viciously assaulted a teenager with a ninja weapon having chased him through the town centre.


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  • Men who practice viciousness and vileness are shown no mercy by the gods.
  • Despite the sheer viciousness of the anthrax-letter attacks, the actual impact on public health was and is small.
  • Their attempt to quietly kill all mention of their society's history of viciousness and race hatred and their part in it has failed.


Middle English (in the sense 'characterized by immorality'): from Old French vicious or Latin vitiosus, from vitium 'vice'.

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