Definition of viscious
1. vicious [ a ] (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
Examples: "a barbarous crime" "brutal beatings" "cruel tortures" "Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks" "a savage slap" "vicious kicks"
(Harold Rosenberg, "The Trial and Eichmann"...)
Not through fear of disobeying orders , as Eichmann kept trying to explain , but through a peculiar giddiness that began in a half acceptance of the vicious absurdities contained in the Nazi interpretation of history and grew with each of Hitler 's victories into a permanent light_mindedness and sense of magical rightness that was able to respond to any proposal , and the more outrageous the better , `` Well , let 's try it '' .
(Kenneth Allsop, The Bootleggers and Their Era...)
In his teens O_'_Banion was enrolled in the vicious Market_Street gang and he became a singing waiter in McGovern's_Cafe , a notoriously low and rowdy dive in North_Clark_Street , where befuddled customers were methodically looted of their money by the singing waiters before being thrown_out .
(Ralph J. Salisbury, "On the Old Santa Fe Trail...)
Suddenly the Spanish became an English in which only one word emerged with clarity and precision , `` son_of_a_bitch '' , sometimes hyphenated by vicious jabs of a beer_bottle into Johnson 's quivering ribs .Synonyms savage vicious cruel brutal roughshod fell barbarous Related Terms inhumane
2. vicious [ a ] having the nature of viceUsed in print:
(Jack Kaplan, "The Health Machine Menace: Therapy by...)
With these gadgets - impressive to the gullible because of their flashing light_bulbs , ticks , and buzzes - he then carries_out a vicious medical con_game , capitalizing on people 's respect for the electrical and atomic wonders of our scientific age .Synonyms vicious evil depraved Related Terms wicked
3. vicious [ a ] marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful
Examples: "a malevolent lie" "poisonous hate...in his eyes"- Ernest Hemingway "venomous criticism" "vicious gossip"
(Mignon G. Eberhart, The Cup, the Blade...)
Again the homely , everyday details of daily living refuted a vicious attempt to frighten her - or to murder her .Synonyms vicious venomous poisonous Related Terms malevolent
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