- a virulent infection
- virulent bacteria
- virulent racists
- virulent criticism
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
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: full of hate or anger
: extremely or excessively harsh or strong
: extremely dangerous and deadly and usually spreading very quickly
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