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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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These two clauses have been the source of much virulent invective and petulant declamation against the proposed Constitution.
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Every virulent form of infectious death stalked through the land.
Up to this time the press had been amusingly tolerant and good-naturedly sensational about him, but now he was to learn what virulent scrupulousness an antagonized press was capable of.
A sudden outbreak of a virulent type of influenza at the Glen and down at the fishing village kept Gilbert so busy for the next fortnight that he had no time to pay the promised visit to Captain Jim.
A blessing beyond appreciation would be conferred upon mankind, if the tainted, in whose weakness or wickedness these virulent disorders are bred, could be instantly seized and placed in close confinement (not to say summarily smothered) before the poison is communicable.
I was a precocious actress in her eyes; she sincerely looked on me as a compound of virulent passions, mean spirit, and dangerous duplicity.
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.
These he had boiled down into a yellow liquid quite unknown to science, which was probably the most virulent poison in existence.