viciousness


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vi·cious

 (vĭsh′əs)
adj.
1. Mean-spirited or deliberately hurtful; malicious: vicious gossip.
2.
a. Extremely violent or injurious; cruel: a vicious blow to the stomach; vicious tactics in suppressing a rebellion.
b. Marked by an aggressive disposition. Used chiefly of animals.
c. Disposed to violent or destructive behavior: a vicious dictator.
3. Severe, powerful, or intense; fierce: a vicious storm.
4.
a. Having the nature of vice; evil, immoral, or depraved: "All men who succeed ... in finance in New York at last ... return to their native towns, assert that cities are vicious, marry their childhood sweethearts" (Sinclair Lewis).
b. Given to vice, immorality, or depravity: "The sum and substance of it was, That Oliver was a foundling, born of low and vicious parents" (Charles Dickens).
5. Faulty or defective: a forced, vicious style of prose.

[Middle English, from Old French vicieus, from Latin vitiōsus, from vitium, vice.]

vi′cious·ly adv.
vi′cious·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.viciousness - the trait of extreme cruelty
cruelness, cruelty, harshness - the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
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viciousness

noun
2. malice, spite, malevolence, vindictiveness, bitterness, venom, rancour, bitchiness (slang), malignity, spitefulness, maliciousness the razor-sharp viciousness of his remarks
malice goodwill, graciousness
3. depravity, evil, wickedness, vice, corruption, criminality, immorality, profligacy, badness, sinfulness The book romanticizes the viciousness of organized crime.
depravity virtue, goodness
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viciousness

noun
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viciousness

[ˈvɪʃəsnɪs] N
1. (= brutality, fierceness) [of person, attack, assault] → brutalidad f; [of animal] → fiereza f, agresividad f
2. (= maliciousness) [of words] → malicia f, malevolencia f; [of criticism, campaign] → lo despiadado, crueldad f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

viciousness

[ˈvɪʃəsnɪs] n
[person, attack, crime] → brutalité f
[remark, campaign, criticism] → caractère m acerbe
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

viciousness

n
(of animal)Bösartigkeit f; (of dog)Bissigkeit f; (of blow, kick)Brutalität f; (of murder)Grauenhaftigkeit f
(= nastiness)Gemeinheit f; (of remark)Gemeinheit f, → Gehässigkeit f; (of look)Boshaftigkeit f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

viciousness

[ˈvɪʃəsnɪs] n (of behaviour) → brutalità, ferocia; (of remark, criticism) → cattiveria, malignità
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

vicious

(ˈviʃəs) adjective
evil; cruel; likely to attack or cause harm. Keep back from that dog – it's vicious.
ˈviciously adverb
ˈviciousness noun
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References in classic literature ?
She was my sister, but that did not prevent her from treating me abominably, for she had inherited all the viciousness of the Chatterer.
White Fang, near the corner of the cabin and forty feet away, was snarling with blood-curdling viciousness, not at Scott, but at the dog-musher.
(Poor Whisky Bob!--without viciousness, good- natured, generous, born weak, raised poorly, with an irresistible chemical demand for alcohol, still prosecuting his vocation of bay pirate, his body was picked up, not long afterward, beside a dock where it had sunk full of gunshot wounds.) Within an hour after I had rejected Captain Spink's proposal, I saw him sail down the estuary on board the Reindeer with Nelson.
And again, with never-failing wonder, I remarked the total lack of viciousness, or wickedness, or sinfulness in his face.
Wealth, I said, and poverty; the one is the parent of luxury and indolence, and the other of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.
JUKES was as ready a man as any half-dozen young mates that may be caught by casting a net upon the waters; and though he had been somewhat taken aback by the startling viciousness of the first squall, he had pulled himself together on the instant, had called out the hands and had rushed them along to secure such openings about the deck as had not been already battened down earlier in the evening.
The bird listened with profound attention; sometimes repeating the popular cry in a low voice, as if to compare the two, and try if it would at all help him to this new accomplishment; sometimes flapping his wings, or barking; and sometimes in a kind of desperation drawing a multitude of corks, with extraordinary viciousness.
No room here for all the sordidness, meanness, and viciousness that filled the dirty pool of city existence.
To see moral grandeur rising out of cesspools of iniquity; to rise himself and first glimpse beauty, faint and far, through mud- dripping eyes; to see out of weakness, and frailty, and viciousness, and all abysmal brutishness, arising strength, and truth, and high spiritual endowment -
There was unchained wrath in the downpour, viciousness. It was a madman rushing in to rend and tear.
He was known as a little demon, of insensate cruelty and viciousness. The family medicos privately adjudged him a mental monstrosity and degenerate.
'I will, however,' continued Madame Mantalini, drying her eyes, and speaking with great indignation, 'say before you, and before everybody here, for the first time, and once for all, that I never will supply that man's extravagances and viciousness again.