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Definition 1: (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where vicious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a barbarous crime
  • brutal beatings
  • cruel tortures
  • Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks
  • a savage slap
  • vicious kicks

Synonyms for vicious in the sense of this definition

(vicious is similar to ...) lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion

"humans are innately inhumane; this explains much of the misery and suffering in the world" "biological weapons are considered too inhumane to be used"

Definition 2: marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where vicious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • poisonous hate
  • venomous criticism
  • vicious gossip

Synonyms for vicious in the sense of this definition

(vicious is similar to ...) having the nature of or resulting from malice

"malicious gossip" "took malicious pleasure in...watching me wince"

Definition 3: having the nature of vice - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for vicious in the sense of this definition

(vicious is similar to ...) morally bad in principle or practice

Definition 4: bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where vicious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a criminal waste of talent
  • a deplorable act of violence
  • adultery is as reprehensible for a husband as for a wife

Synonyms for vicious in the sense of this definition

(vicious is similar to ...) contrary to conscience or morality or law

"it is wrong for the rich to take advantage of the poor" "cheating is wrong" "it is wrong to lie"

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