Hypertext Webster Gateway: "vicious"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Vicious \Vi"cious\, a. [OF. vicious, F. vicieux, fr. L.
vitiosus, fr. vitium vice. See {Vice} a fault.]
1. Characterized by vice or defects; defective; faulty;
imperfect.

Though I perchance am vicious in my guess. --Shak.

The title of these lords was vicious in its origin.
--Burke.

A charge against Bentley of vicious reasoning. --De
Quincey.

2. Addicted to vice; corrupt in principles or conduct;
depraved; wicked; as, vicious children; vicious examples;
vicious conduct.

Who . . . heard this heavy curse, Servant of
servants, on his vicious race. --Milton.

3. Wanting purity; foul; bad; noxious; as, vicious air,
water, etc. --Dryden.

4. Not correct or pure; corrupt; as, vicious language;
vicious idioms.

5. Not well tamed or broken; given to bad tricks; unruly;
refractory; as, a vicious horse.

6. Bitter; spiteful; malignant. [Colloq.]

Syn: Corrupt; faulty; wicked; depraved. -- {Vi"cious*ly},
adv. -- {Vi"cious*ness}, n.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

vicious
adj 1: (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict
pain or suffering; "a barbarous crime"; "brutal
beatings"; "cruel tortures"; "Stalin's roughshod
treatment of the kulaks"; "a savage slap"; "vicious
kicks" [syn: {barbarous}, {brutal}, {cruel}, {fell}, {roughshod},
{savage}]
2: having the nature of vice [syn: {depraved}, {evil}]
3: marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful; "a malevolent
lie"; "poisonous hate...in his eyes"- Ernest Hemingway;
"venomous criticism"; "vicious gossip" [syn: {poisonous},
{venomous}]


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