Vicious meaning

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Faulty or defective.

A forced, vicious style of prose.

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Mean-spirited or deliberately hurtful; malicious.

Vicious gossip.

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Very intense, forceful, sharp, etc.

A vicious blow.

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Ruined by defects, flaws, or errors; full of faults.

A vicious argument.

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The definition of vicious is someone or something that is especially cruel, harsh or violent, especially when the unkindness is done intentionally.

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.

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Malicious; spiteful; mean.

A vicious rumor.

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Pertaining to vice; characterised by immorality or depravity.
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Severe, powerful, or intense; fierce.

A vicious storm.

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Having bad or harmful habits; unruly.

A vicious horse.

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Origin of vicious

  • Middle English from Old French vicieus from Latin vitiōsus from vitium vice

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman vicious, Old French vicious (modern French vicieux), from Latin vitiōsus, from vitium (“fault, vice").

    From Wiktionary