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Definition 1: infectious; having the ability to cause disease - [adjective denoting all]

(virulent is similar to ...) (of a microorganism) extremely infective

"a highly infective organism"

(virulent is similar to ...) (of a disease) having a rapid course and violent effect

Definition 2: extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • venomous snakes
  • a virulent insect bite

Synonyms for virulent in the sense of this definition

(virulent is similar to ...) of or relating to or caused by a toxin or poison

"suffering from exposure to toxic substances"

Definition 3: harsh or corrosive in tone - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • 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

Synonyms for virulent in the sense of this definition

(virulent is similar to ...) offensive or disagreeable; causing discomfort or unhappiness

"an unpleasant personality" "unpleasant repercussions" "unpleasant odors"

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