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adjective vicious pronunciation in American English /ˈvɪʃəs/
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  1. 1
    extremely violent
    a vicious attack/assault
    a vicious act of violence
    a vicious thug/killer
    a vicious animal
    He had a cruel and vicious streak.
  2. 2
    extremely unkind or unpleasant
    It was only a vicious rumor.
    He had a vicious temper.
    Her tone was vicious.
  3. 3
    extremely severe or powerful and capable of causing damage
    a vicious tornado
    a vicious migraine

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noun [uncountable]


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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