vi·​per·​ous | \ ˈvī-p(ə-)rəs How to pronounce viperous (audio) \

Definition of viperous

1 : viperine
2 : having the qualities attributed to a viper : malignant, venomous the backstabbing of a viperous family

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Other Words from viperous

viperously adverb

Examples of viperous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Close is deliciously viperous as a French noblewoman seeking revenge on her ex-husband in Stephen Frears' sumptuous adaptation of the play and novel. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2021 Veazey is in the Glenn Close role — that of the Marquise de Merteuil, a viperous noblewoman of 18th-century France who enters into a cruel game with her former lover, the Vicomte de Valmont. Matthew J. Palm,, 7 Nov. 2020 The gossip in the book is fluorescently transparent and sweetly viperous, like a pink snakeskin sandal with a PVC upper. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 2 Mar. 2020 Rachel Cusk has long been one of the finest and most invigorating stylists writing in English, graced with scientific precision, meticulous syntax, and a viperous wit. Valeria Luiselli, The New York Review of Books, 21 Mar. 2019 Luke Bradt, as the viperous Mordred, exudes negative charisma. Julia M. Klein,, 27 May 2018 Within minutes, a single unexpectedly shocking line reveals both her viperous tongue and the sheer bitterness of her character. Theodore P. Mahne,, 1 Nov. 2017 Other familiar faces include Marissa Gold (Sarah Steele), who returns as Diane’s assistant; the viperous law partner David Lee (Zach Grenier); and Charles Abernathy (Denis O’Hare), one of the quirky judges on the original show’s packed bench. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of viperous

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of viperous was in 1535

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“Viperous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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