Adjective "Vicious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Deliberately cruel or violent.
  1. 'There is a serious agenda behind this vicious journalism.'
  2. 'Clearly this is counterintuitive to the more common assumption that large gangs of malevolent youths are vicious, destructive, soulless morons.'
  3. 'He is a more serious and vicious monster these days.'
  4. 'Our most vicious tendencies are based around and triggered by hormonal impulses.'
  5. 'Police are hunting a vicious thug who inflicted serious injuries on an innocent man in daylight.'
  6. '‘This is not just an attack on prison officers, but an attack on the entire criminal justice system by vicious thugs,’ he said.'
  7. 'The aristocratic families at the heart of the new scandals are not loyal and dutiful - they are vicious, greedy and spiteful.'
  8. 'Local radio news bulletins are jammed with reports of muggings and vicious petty criminals.'
  9. 'Rather, they are aggressively recruiting new criminals to their vicious gang.'
  10. 'True, the film gets off on its own sense of creative cruelty, but it is nowhere near as vile or vicious as it thinks it is.'
  11. 'the dog was vicious and likely to bite'
  12. 'It seems I am now safely in my home, far from the menacing arms of the vicious beast which drove me from the wild!'
  13. 'When this scene is shown on film the viewer is expected to take the side of the innocent turtle hatchling against the vicious crab or bird.'
  14. 'The female of the species is the most vicious creature known to exist.'
  15. 'Lady Hester evidently came from Somerset, where she acquired a formidable reputation for breaking in the most vicious horses.'
  16. 'Then let him undistractedly restrain his mind, as a charioteer restrains his vicious horses.'
  17. 'Animal Control Officers must deal with vicious and wild animals.'
  18. 'Before achieving this difficult task, he has to fight rebels in the forest, as well as Walken's private army, not to mention vicious monkeys with teeth like the American werewolf in London.'
  19. 'And these two people, two lawyers, had very, very vicious dogs.'
  20. 'Although it looks a vicious creature, the wolf eel is in fact very timid, its main diet being the spiny sea urchin, the sharp spines of which have no effect on the wolf eel's tough jaws.'
  21. 'I personally look forward to future lawsuits from Somalian, Japanese, and Mexican governments for the vicious inaccuracies of these horrible movies.'
  22. 'The seductive illusion of virtuous circle was transposed to the ugly reality of vicious financial death spiral.'
  23. 'The smell was revolting, a vicious and evil stench… the stench of death, she crawled forward on her hands and knees and reached for the wall of the cell.'
  24. 'I didn't care whether it was ballet or flying a plane or driving a train; anything would break that vicious horrible cycle.'
  25. 'As aggressive as enemy soldiers in the ‘Great War’, the flu proved a vicious killer.'
  26. 'Yet the spectre of drugs returned with vicious abandon culminating in his being imprisoned in 1991 and serving 5 years.'
  27. 'It was enough to bring on an onslaught of particularly vicious flu for anyone.'
  28. 'I have to tell you, if you tried to email me, I've got some seriously vicious spam software that might have kept you from getting through at all.'
  29. 'I had that in Scotland over Christmas, along with the rest of the island, and it was indeed vicious and nasty and not an experience I would wish to repeat.'
  30. 'The fact ate at her like a vicious, degenerative disease that just wouldn't go away.'
  1. 'As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.'
  2. 'What had made me smile was his vicious and vile bigotry.'
(of language or a line of reasoning) imperfect; defective.


    1. addicted to or characterized by vice; grossly immoral; depraved; profligate: a vicious life.

    2. given or readily disposed to evil: a vicious criminal.

    3. reprehensible; blameworthy; wrong: a vicious deception.

    4. spiteful; malicious: vicious gossip; a vicious attack.

    5. unpleasantly severe: a vicious headache.

    6. characterized or marred by faults or defects; faulty; unsound: vicious reasoning.

    7. savage; ferocious: They all feared his vicious temper.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "wars can be vicious over twos."

    "people can be vicious with sticks."

    "people can be vicious with pieces."

    "circles can be vicious."

    "attacks can be vicious."

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