What is another word for vicious?

Synonyms for vicious
ˈvɪʃ əsvi·cious

This thesaurus page includes all potential synonyms, words with the same meaning and similar terms for the word vicious.

English Synonyms and Antonyms2.3 / 3 votes

  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 Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. vicious

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

    Antonyms:
    pure, sound, perfect, virtuous, healthy

Princeton's WordNet4.4 / 5 votes

  1. barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, viciousadjective

    (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, viciousadjective

    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, viciousadjective

    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, viciousadjective

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. viciousadjective

    Synonyms:
    faulty, defective, imperfect

  2. viciousadjective

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

  3. viciousadjective

    Synonyms:
    unruly, refractory, contrary

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. viciousadjective

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

Suggested Resources

  1. vicious

    Song lyrics by vicious -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by vicious on the Lyrics.com website.

  2. Vicious

    Vicious vs. Viscous -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Vicious and Viscous.

How to pronounce vicious?

How to say vicious in sign language?

Words popularity by usage frequency

rankingword
#841bad
#1673wrong
#2028wild
#2263sorry
#2384criminal
#3009evil
#3233wave
#3556illegal
#4538fell
#5071sad
#5928guilty
#5940violent
#8459wicked
#9200deadly
#9271brutal
#9792savage
#11273defective
#11289cruel
#11969corrupt
#12565unlawful
#13639malicious
#15142fierce
#15592malignant
#15992vicious
#16835furious
#16930faulty
#17102miserable
#24206sinful
#24683poisonous
#25406immoral
#26085ruthless
#26177barbarian
#27379vile
#27959feral
#28096morbid
#30945wretched
#31554perverse
#33382infernal
#39424ferocious
#39714unruly
#40816sadistic
#40996pitiful
#42423distressing
#43797virulent
#43810barbaric
#44601impure
#45529heinous
#48310malevolent
#48360nefarious
#48929merciless
#49169unrelenting
#51404abominable
#51420venomous
#54728bestial
#54978depraved
#55032deplorable
#58505reprehensible
#63216culpable
#66028stealthy
#66341barbarous
#70510beastly
#72172malign
#72930brutish
#77165woeful
#95216lamentable
#102327uncivilized
#102904felonious
#107022profligate
#108205debased
#109528toxicant
#126547roughshod
#143060execrable
#170004iniquitous
#221369malefic
#236180uncivilised
#290986condemnable

How to use vicious in a sentence?

  1. Dave Bieter:

    The thought of a happy occasion like a child's birthday party being turned into the darkest of sorrows in such a vicious way is almost unfathomable.

  2. Robert G. Ingersoll:

    Justice should remove the bandage from her eyes long enough to distinguish between the vicious and the unfortunate.

  3. Hubert Minnis.Read MoreOn Great Abaco:

    We have been attacked by a vicious, devastating storm( from which there was no defense).

  4. Michele Woodhouse:

    I do not understand how anyone in American public office could call Zelensky a' thug' while Ukraine is under such vicious assault, let's be clear. The thug is Vladimir Putin.

  5. Donald Trump:

    These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false. These claims are all fiction, entirely fabricated and are outright lies.


Translations for vicious

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for vicious »

Translation

Find a translation for the vicious synonym in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Citation

Use the citation below to add these synonyms to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"vicious." Synonyms.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 14 Jun 2024. <https://www.synonyms.com/synonym/vicious>.

Discuss these vicious synonyms with the community:

0 Comments

    Are we missing a good synonym for vicious?

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Synonyms.com

    Quiz

    Are you a human thesaurus?

    »
    Which of the following terms is an antonym of "Grievous"?
    A trifling
    B afflictive
    C deplorable
    D baleful

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for vicious: