Definition of vicious
- a vicious dog
- a vicious wage-price spiral
a vicious tone of voice
I know you're upset with her, but there's no need to be vicious.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
chaste, immaculate, incorruptible, innocent, inoffensive, irreproachable, lily-white, perfect, pure, spotless, squeaky-clean, uncorrupted, unerring, unfallen, unobjectionable, venerable, white, wholesome;
: very violent and cruel
: very dangerous
: having or showing very angry or cruel feelings
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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