Definition of virulent in English:


Line breaks: viru|lent
Pronunciation: /ˈvɪrʊl(ə)nt
, ˈvɪrjʊ-/




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  • And avian flu is particularly feared, of course, because of its virulence.
  • I should not have been startled by the virulence of these attacks.
  • And that leads onto the second point: the virulence of the replica, or rather of the replication process.


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  • The disease, which causes painful, ulcerating blisters on the mouth, feet, and udders, is virulently contagious, and once introduced can quickly infect an entire herd.
  • But the Prince's repeated use of the word ‘epidemic’ implied, irresponsibly, that these conditions are virulently contagious.
  • They fell foul of the powers that be, however, for their virulently outspoken stance in opposition to The Falklands War (where, like the Gulf War, hardly any protest was made).


late Middle English (originally describing a poisoned wound): from Latin virulentus, from virus 'poison' (see virus).

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