viperous

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

Definition of viperous

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

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viperously adverb

Examples of viperous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Jessica Simpson’s Mesmerizing Memoir of Recovery and X-ennial Fame," 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, "Claire Messud," 21 Mar. 2019 Luke Bradt, as the viperous Mordred, exudes negative charisma. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "Act II Playhouse's 'Camelot' a scaled-down yet powerful portrayal," 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, NOLA.com, "Playmakers offers darkly comic family drama 'August: Osage County'," 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, "Review: On ‘The Good Fight,’ a Lawyer Claws Her Way Back to Normal," 16 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of viperous

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Viperous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/viperous. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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