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]
3 marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful; "a malevolent lie"; "poisonous hate...in his eyes"- Ernest Hemingway; "venomous criticism"; "vicious gossip" [syn: poisonous, venomous]
EtymologyFrom etyl xno vicious, etyl fro vicious (modern French vicieux), from etyl la vitiosus, from vitium.
- 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.
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 195:
- Evil, immoral or depraved.
- Violent, destructive and cruel.
- savage and aggressive
The term vicious may refer to:
vicious in Simple English: Vicious
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