- An example of vicious is a wild animal who savagely attacks you.
- An example of vicious is when you cruelly attack someone's looks and character for no reason.
The definition of vicious is someone or something that is especially cruel, harsh or violent, especially when the unkindness is done intentionally.
- given to or characterized by vice; evil, corrupt, or depraved
- tending to deprave or corrupt; pernicious: vicious interests
- harmful, unwholesome, or noxious: a vicious concoction
- ruined by defects, flaws, or errors; full of faults: a vicious argument
- having bad or harmful habits; unruly: a vicious horse
- malicious; spiteful; mean: a vicious rumor
- very intense, forceful, sharp, etc.: a vicious blow
Origin of viciousMiddle English from Old French vicieus from Classical Latin vitiosus, full of faults, corrupt, vicious from vitium, vice
- Mean-spirited or deliberately hurtful; malicious: vicious gossip.
- a. Extremely violent or injurious; cruel: a vicious blow to the stomach; vicious tactics in suppressing a rebellion.b. Marked by an aggressive disposition. Used chiefly of animals.c. Disposed to violent or destructive behavior: a vicious dictator.
- Severe, powerful, or intense; fierce: a vicious storm.
- a. Having the nature of vice; evil, immoral, or depraved: “All men who succeed … in finance in New York at last … return to their native towns, assert that cities are vicious, marry their childhood sweethearts” ( Sinclair Lewis )b. Given to vice, immorality, or depravity: “The sum and substance of it was, That Oliver was a foundling, born of low and vicious parents” ( Charles Dickens )
- Faulty or defective: a forced, vicious style of prose.
Origin of viciousMiddle English from Old French vicieus from Latin vitiōsus from vitium vice
(comparative viciouser or more vicious, superlative viciousest or most vicious)