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vir·u·lent

 (vîr′yə-lənt, vîr′ə-)
adj.
1.
a. Characterized by, causing, or promoting the rapid onset of severe illness. Used of a disease or toxin.
b. Capable of causing disease by aggressively interfering with the immune system of the host. Used of a pathogen.
2. Extremely hostile or malicious: virulent criticism; a virulent bigot.

[Middle English, from Latin vīrulentus, from vīrus, poison.]

vir′u·lence, vir′u·len·cy n.
vir′u·lent·ly adv.

virulent

(ˈvɪrʊlənt)
adj
1. (Pathology)
a. (of a microorganism) extremely infective
b. (of a disease) having a rapid course and violent effect
2. extremely poisonous, injurious, etc
3. extremely bitter, hostile, etc
[C14: from Latin vīrulentus full of poison, from vīrus poison; see virus]
ˈvirulently adv

vir•u•lent

(ˈvɪr yə lənt, ˈvɪr ə-)

adj.
1. actively poisonous; intensely noxious.
2. highly infective: a virulent disease.
3. violently or spitefully hostile.
4. intensely bitter, spiteful, or malicious.
[1350–1400; Middle English verulent < Latin vīrulentus=vīr(us) poison]
vir′u•lent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.virulent - extremely poisonous or injuriousvirulent - extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom; "venomous snakes"; "a virulent insect bite"
toxic - of or relating to or caused by a toxin or poison; "suffering from exposure to toxic substances"
2.virulent - infectious; having the ability to cause disease
avirulent - not virulent; unable to produce disease
3.virulent - harsh or corrosive in tonevirulent - harsh or corrosive in tone; "an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose"; "a barrage of acid comments"; "her acrid remarks make her many enemies"; "bitter words"; "blistering criticism"; "caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics"; "a sulfurous denunciation"; "a vitriolic critique"
unpleasant - disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings ; "an unpleasant personality"; "unpleasant repercussions"; "unpleasant odors"

virulent

adjective
2. deadly, lethal, toxic, poisonous, malignant, pernicious, venomous, septic, infective, injurious, baneful (archaic) A virulent form of the disease has appeared in Belgium.
deadly harmless, innocuous, nontoxic, nonpoisonous

virulent

adjective
1. Extremely destructive or harmful:
2. Capable of injuring or killing by poison:
Translations

virulent

[ˈvɪrʊlənt] ADJ (Med) (also fig) → virulento

virulent

[ˈvɪrjʊlənt] adj
[attack, opposition, loathing] → virulent(e)
[disease, poison] → virulent(e)

virulent

adj
(Med) → bösartig; poisonstark, tödlich
(fig: = vicious) attack, speech, critic, opponentscharf; hatredunversöhnlich; colourgrell

virulent

[ˈvɪrʊlənt] adj (frm) → virulento/a

vir·u·lent

a. virulento-a, nocivo-a, extremadamente tóxico.

virulent

adj virulento
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I was a precocious actress in her eyes; she sincerely looked on me as a compound of virulent passions, mean spirit, and dangerous duplicity.
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The virulent redness of his shock head and beard was most startling, and in the thicket of hair twinkled above high cheek-bones two very merry blue eyes.
One little sip of this antidote would have rendered the most virulent poisons of the Borgias innocuous.
His chance was poor; though I had no more animosity towards him than a virulent disease has against the victim it lays low.
She accused him of every mean fault; she said he was stingy, she said he was dull, she said he was vain, selfish; she cast virulent ridicule on everything upon which he was most sensitive.
It is a most extraordinary thing, but I never read a patent medicine advertisement without being impelled to the conclusion that I am suffering from the particular disease therein dealt with in its most virulent form.
I protest before you, sir, as a Christian minister, against the sanction of proceedings towards me which are dictated by virulent hatred.
These he had boiled down into a yellow liquid quite unknown to science, which was probably the most virulent poison in existence.
She said that I mustn't exercise, or it might prove fatal--if it had been a full-grown snake that struck me she said, I wouldn't have moved a single pace from the nest--I'd have died in my tracks, so virulent is the poison.