AskDefine | Define vicious

Dictionary Definition

vicious adj
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" [syn: barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage]
2 having the nature of vice [syn: depraved, evil]
3 marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful; "a malevolent lie"; "poisonous his eyes"- Ernest Hemingway; "venomous criticism"; "vicious gossip" [syn: poisonous, venomous]

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From etyl xno vicious, etyl fro vicious (modern French vicieux), from etyl la vitiosus, from vitium.



  1. Pertaining to vice; characterised by immorality or depravity.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 195:
      We may so seize on vertue, that if we embrace it with an over-greedy and violent desire, it may become vitious.
  2. Evil, immoral or depraved.
  3. Violent, destructive and cruel.
  4. savage and aggressive

Extensive Definition

The term vicious may refer to:
vicious in Simple English: Vicious

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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