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Vicious Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    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]
Vicious Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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.
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* All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest - never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership. - Ann Landers

* University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small. - Henry Kissinger

* Whoever desires to found a state and give it laws, must start with assuming that all men are bad and ever ready to display their vicious nature, whenever they may find occasion for it. - Niccolo Machiavelli


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