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Synonyms for virulent
ˈvɪr yə lənt, ˈvɪr ə-vir·u·lent

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English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. virulent

    Acid, sour, and bitter agree in being contrasted with sweet, but the two former are sharply distinguished from the latter. Acid or sour is the taste of vinegar or lemon-juice; bitter that of quassia, quinine, or strychnine. Acrid is nearly allied to bitter. Pungent suggests the effect of pepper or snuff on the organs of taste or smell; as, a pungent odor. Caustic indicates the corroding effect of some strong chemical, as nitrate of silver. In a figurative sense, as applied to language or character, these words are very closely allied. We say a sour face, sharp words, bitter complaints, caustic wit, cutting irony, biting sarcasm, a stinging taunt, harsh judgment, a tart reply. Harsh carries the idea of intentional and severe unkindness, bitter of a severity that arises from real or supposed ill treatment. The bitter speech springs from the sore heart. Tart and sharp utterances may not proceed from an intention to wound, but merely from a wit recklessly keen; cutting, stinging, and biting speech indicates more or less of hostile intent, the latter being the more deeply malicious. The caustic utterance is meant to burn, perhaps wholesomely, as in the satire of Juvenal or Cervantes. Compare MOROSE.

    Synonyms:
    acerb, acetous, acid, acidulated, acidulous, acrid, acrimonious, biting, bitter, caustic, cutting, harsh, irate, pungent, savage, sharp, sour, stinging, tart, vinegarish

    Antonyms:
    dulcet, honeyed, luscious, nectared, saccharine, sweet

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  1. deadly, venomous, virulentadjective

    extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom

    "venomous snakes"; "a virulent insect bite"

    Synonyms:
    blistering, pestilent, mortal(a), pernicious, sulfurous, mortal, baneful, acerbic, venomous, sulphurous, caustic, deathly, lethal, acrid, poisonous, vicious, deadly, acid, vitriolic, bitter, acerb

    Antonyms:
    atoxic, avirulent, nontoxic, pleasant

  2. virulentadjective

    infectious; having the ability to cause disease

    Synonyms:
    acrid, blistering, acid, sulphurous, caustic, venomous, bitter, deadly, acerbic, vitriolic, acerb, sulfurous

    Antonyms:
    nontoxic, pleasant, avirulent, atoxic

  3. acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent, vitriolicadjective

    harsh or corrosive in tone

    "an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose"; "a barrage of acid comments"; "her acrid remarks make her many enemies"; "bitter words"; "blistering criticism"; "caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics"; "a sulfurous denunciation"; "a vitriolic critique"

    Synonyms:
    blistering, red-hot, vitriolic, hot, blistery, acerbic, stifling, sulphurous, acidic, acrimonious, caustic, mordant, acidulous, venomous, astringent, sulfurous, acrid, deadly, acid, corrosive, pungent, biting, bitter, sultry, acidulent, acerb, erosive

    Antonyms:
    atoxic, nontoxic, pleasant, avirulent

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. virulentadjective

    Synonyms:
    poisonous, venomous

  2. virulentadjective

    Synonyms:
    malignant, acrimonious, bitter

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. virulentadjective

    Synonyms:
    poisonous, venomous, malignant, bitter, acrimonious

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "virulent":

    vitriolic, outspoken, virulence, vicious, fierce

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How to use virulent in a sentence?

  1. Francois Balloux:

    Early, largely anecdotal evidence suggests Omicron may be less virulent than Delta. This would be good news if confirmed, in principle.

  2. Nikolai Petrovsky:

    The result of these experiments is a virus that is highly virulent in humans but is sufficiently different that it no longer resembles the original bat virus, because the mutations are acquired randomly by selection, there is no signature of a human gene jockey, but this is clearly a virus still created by human intervention.

  3. Eric Schmitt:

    The PRC is motivated by a virulent communist ideology with its fundamental disregard for the rights of any individual. Add to this that the PRC is actively building up its military with increasingly advanced weapons systems. This, coupled with its nuclear capabilities, leaves no doubt that the PRC represents a threat that is like no other in the current geopolitical makeup of the world.

  4. Mr Stergiopoulos:

    We have demonstrated that two of the three most serious banana fungal diseases have become more virulent by increasing their ability to manipulate the banana’s metabolic path ways and make use of its nutrients, this parallel change in metabolism of the pathogen and the host plant has been overlooked until now and may represent a ‘ molecular fingerprint ’ of the adaptation process.

  5. Dhiren Gupta:

    This virus is more infectious and virulent .... We have 35-year olds with pneumonia in intensive care, which was not happening last year, the situation is chaotic.


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