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adjective vicious pronunciation in British English /ˈvɪʃəs/
  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 rumour.

    He had a vicious temper.

    Her tone was vicious.

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viciously

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viciousness

noun [uncountable]

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