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Adjective
Extremely cruel or violent in nature or character
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“The wretched inhabitants suffered all the horrors of war and famine from the vicious tyrant.”
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Very immoral or evil in nature or character
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“The editor's footnote had further portrayed him as a vicious and immoral man who pursued his selfish gains by poisoning his countrymen.”
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Spiteful or malevolent in nature or manner
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“He wrote, under the pen name of Coriolanus, a vicious rebuke to the emancipationists.”
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Having a very gloomy or ill-tempered expression or demeanor
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“Startled, he backed away from the creature's vicious countenance.”
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High in tension or levels of conflict
“On one occasion, he was involved in a vicious argument with his neighbor and had urinated on the neighbor's fence.”
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Extremely or frighteningly bad or serious
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“Second-place starter Fireball Roberts was involved in a vicious accident on lap #113.”
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Causing, or resulting in, injury or death
“Ladislaus left Rome, struck with a vicious disease, rumored to be due to poison administered by an apothecary's daughter of Perugia.”
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Uncouth, not socially or culturally refined
“Place the infant scion of royalty itself under the unrequited care of a poverty-stricken, vicious and degraded outcast, and that child of proud lineage will grow up a squalid, vicious and uncouth clown.”
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Wild or feral, having not been domesticated
“Keeping a vicious animal in captivity is not always in the best interests of the animal.”
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Significant or extreme in degree or intensity
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“I stood beneath the trees, taking refuge from the vicious heat under their lush green canopies.”
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Extremely difficult or challenging to endure
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“Even while servants were treated as inanimate and the poor lived in vicious conditions, animals and children became the focus of reform movements.”
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Requiring great effort or exertion
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“Driving across the compound to the old part of the neighborhood proved a vicious task for a man who had incoherent flashbacks of his past that no one else knew about.”
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Characterized by the use of wit, especially to offend
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Negative and unhelpful
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Damaging to someone's reputation, especially if untrue
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Deeply angered but not outwardly displaying it
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Relating to crime
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Idiom
With no holds barred
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