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Vicious meaning

vicious - 7 dictionary results

  1. 1. Characterized by vice or defects; defective; faulty; imperfect.
  2. 2. Addicted to vice; corrupt in principles or conduct; depraved; wicked; as, vicious children; vicious examples; vicious conduct.
  3. 3. Wanting purity; foul; bad; noxious; as, vicious air, water, etc.
  4. 4. Not correct or pure; corrupt; as, vicious language; vicious idioms.
  5. 5. Not well tamed or broken; given to bad tricks; unruly; refractory; as, a vicious horse.
  6. 6. Bitter; spiteful; malignant.
  7. 7. Having a vice; defective; immoral; impure; unruly; fierce.

vicious - examples of usage

  1. His faithful steed, which had the character of being a vicious horse, instead of galloping home, as might have been expected, stood by his prostrate master, keeping as strict a watch over him as a dog could have done. - "Stories of Animal Sagacity", W.H.G. Kingston.
  2. She did not know how he would take it, for during the summer she had seen him in vicious moods when he seemed capable of everything. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  3. On a large farm, on which before the injection tuberculosis had appeared in a vicious form, the owner had the impression that the severe cases had afterwards become more numerous. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
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