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Synonyms for vicious
ˈvɪʃ əs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, vicious(adj)

    (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering

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

    Synonyms:
    wild, uncivilized, fierce, savage, deplorable, reprehensible, fell, beastly, unrelenting, venomous, criminal, brute(a), condemnable, roughshod, barbaric, evil, feral, cruel, poisonous, barbarous, furious, ferocious, barbarian, heavy-handed, brutish, bestial, brutal, ferine, uncivilised

    Antonyms:
    unmalicious, humane, right, virtuous

  2. evil, vicious(adj)

    having the nature of vice

    Synonyms:
    malefic, savage, deplorable, reprehensible, fell, venomous, criminal, evil, condemnable, roughshod, malign, malevolent, cruel, barbarous, poisonous, brutal

    Antonyms:
    humane, right, virtuous, unmalicious

  3. condemnable, criminal, deplorable, reprehensible, vicious(adj)

    bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure

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

    Synonyms:
    felonious, savage, reprehensible, fell, pitiful, venomous, criminal, miserable, lamentable, deplorable, roughshod, evil, cruel, barbarous, poisonous, woeful, condemnable, wretched, distressing, execrable, brutal, sorry, sad

    Antonyms:
    humane, unmalicious, virtuous, right

  4. poisonous, venomous, vicious(adj)

    marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful

    "poisonous hate"; "venomous criticism"; "vicious gossip"

    Synonyms:
    virulent, toxicant, deplorable, savage, barbarous, reprehensible, fell, venomous, criminal, condemnable, roughshod, cruel, poisonous, evil, deadly, brutal

    Antonyms:
    right, humane, unmalicious, virtuous

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. vicious

    Every criminal act is illegal or unlawful, but illegal or unlawful acts may not be criminal. Offenses against public law are criminal; offenses against private rights are merely illegal or unlawful. As a general rule, all acts punishable by fine or imprisonment or both, are criminal in view of the law. It is illegal for a man to trespass on another's land, but it is not criminal; the trespasser is liable to a civil suit for damages, but not to indictment, fine, or imprisonment. A felonious act is a criminal act of an aggravated kind, which is punishable by imprisonment in the penitentiary or by death. A flagitious crime is one that brings public odium. Vicious refers to the indulgence of evil appetites, habits, or passions; vicious acts are not necessarily criminal, or even illegal; we speak of a vicious horse. That which is iniquitous, i. e., contrary to equity, may sometimes be done under the forms of law. Ingratitude is sinful, hypocrisy is wicked, but neither is punishable by human law; hence, neither is criminal or illegal. Compare SIN.

    Synonyms:
    abominable, criminal, culpable, felonious, flagitious, guilty, illegal, immoral, iniquitous, nefarious, sinful, unlawful, vile, wicked, wrong

    Antonyms:
    innocent, just, lawful, legal, meritorious, moral, right, virtuous

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. vicious

    Synonyms:
    corrupt, faulty, defective, bad, morbid, peccant, debased, profligate, unruly, impure, depraved

    Antonyms:
    pure, sound, perfect, virtuous, healthy

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. vicious(a.)

    Synonyms:
    faulty, defective, imperfect

  2. vicious(a.)

    Synonyms:
    wicked, mischievous, depraved, immoral, sinful, corrupt, unprincipled, abandoned, demoralized, bad, worthless, profligate

  3. vicious(a.)

    Synonyms:
    unruly, refractory, contrary

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. vicious(a)

    Synonyms:
    immoral, evil, defective, faulty, imperfect, refractory, unruly, unmanageable, foul, noxious, malignant, hateful

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How to use vicious in a sentence?

  1. District Court Judge Scott Sells:

    Your actions were vicious and senseless. ... Kelsey Berreth spent her last night caring for you. You repay her by viciously beating her to death. Then you burned her body, your crimes deserve the absolute maximum punishment.

  2. Ann Landers:

    All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest - never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership.

  3. Udi Ofer:

    Jeff Sessions is pushing federal prosecutors to reverse progress and repeat a failed experiment -- the War on Drugs -- that has devastated the lives and rights of millions of Americans, ripping apart families and communities and setting millions, particularly black people and other people of color, on a vicious cycle of incarceration.

  4. Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul:

    It is now or never. The root cause of political problems stemmed from this institution, we couldn't just dance around and ignore it anymore more, otherwise we are going to end up in the same vicious political cycle again. Coups after coups with endorsement from The King.

  5. Tim Kaine:

    A cruder imitation of Donald Trump who stokes white supremacy and brags about being' ruthless and vicious,' Corey Stewart would be an embarrassment for Virginia in the Republican Senate.


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