Definition of virulent
1a : marked by a rapid, severe, and destructive course a virulent infectionb : able to overcome bodily defensive mechanisms : markedly pathogenic virulent bacteria
2 : extremely poisonous or venomous
3 : full of malice : malignant virulent racists
4 : objectionably harsh or strong virulent criticism
Examples of virulent in a Sentence
The country seemed to be returning to the virulent nationalism of its past.
the virulent look on her face warned me that she was about to say something unkind
Recent Examples of virulent from the Web
Most people recover from the infection within days though some with a more virulent strain require hospitalization.
For one thing, when these practices of public segregation were most virulent, many African-Americans could afford to live in white suburbs.
This horrific, virulent disease remains prevalent in developing countries, where sanitation and living conditions are poor.
The source said copies of VBS Worm Generator — including a much more virulent version that [K] posted two weeks ago — are still on the Net, but are hard to locate.
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Origin and Etymology of virulent
Middle English, from Latin virulentus, from virus poison
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
VIRULENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of virulent for English Language Learners
: full of hate or anger
: extremely or excessively harsh or strong
: extremely dangerous and deadly and usually spreading very quickly
VIRULENT Defined for Kids
Definition of virulent for Students
: spreading quickly and causing serious harm a virulent disease
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