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
In addition, when brain tissue from the first group of mice was injected into more groups of mice, the disease grew more virulent and began making the mice sick.
Moreover, recent research suggests that prion diseases adapt over time, becoming more virulent and shortening incubation periods.
The anti-Simpson forces are full of intensity, often virulent.
Activists see Ossoff as worlds better on issues that have a disproportionate impact on women than Handel, a woman who has been one of the most virulent opponents in the country of reproductive rights.
This means not just the possibility that each movement can attract new recruits, but also that their virulent ideologies could seize an ever-larger portion of the public discourse.
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Yet, in the middle of this virulent, anti-wolf zeitgeist, ranchers are working with conservationists to protect the sheep along what is known as the Super Sheep Highway.
Floats, marching bands and community organizations marched by, mirroring the smiles of the people gathered - a stark departure from the virulent protests that have filled Portland's downtown streets in recent months.
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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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