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Meaning & Definition of Vicious in English

English

Vicious

/vɪʃəs/

adjective

1. (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering

  • "A barbarous crime"
  • "Brutal beatings"
  • "Cruel tortures"
  • "Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks"
  • "A savage slap"
  • "Vicious kicks"
    synonym:
  • barbarous
  • ,
  • brutal
  • ,
  • cruel
  • ,
  • fell
  • ,
  • roughshod
  • ,
  • savage
  • ,
  • vicious

2. Having the nature of vice

    synonym:
  • evil
  • ,
  • vicious

3. Bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure

  • "A criminal waste of talent"
  • "A deplorable act of violence"
  • "Adultery is as reprehensible for a husband as for a wife"
    synonym:
  • condemnable
  • ,
  • criminal
  • ,
  • deplorable
  • ,
  • reprehensible
  • ,
  • vicious

4. Marked by deep ill will

  • Deliberately harmful
  • "Poisonous hate"
  • "Venomous criticism"
  • "Vicious gossip"
    synonym:
  • poisonous
  • ,
  • venomous
  • ,
  • vicious

Examples of using

Fashion is a vicious cycle.
In most cases, people, even the most vicious, are much more naive and simple-minded than we assume them to be. And this is true of ourselves too.