• WordNet 3.6
    • adj vicious marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful "poisonous hate","venomous criticism","vicious gossip"
    • adj vicious (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"
    • adj vicious 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"
    • adj vicious having the nature of vice
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vicious Addicted to vice; corrupt in principles or conduct; depraved; wicked; as, vicious children; vicious examples; vicious conduct. "Who . . . heard this heavy curse,
      Servant of servants, on his vicious race."
    • Vicious Bitter; spiteful; malignant.
    • Vicious Characterized by vice or defects; defective; faulty; imperfect. "Though I perchance am vicious in my guess.""The title of these lords was vicious in its origin.""A charge against Bentley of vicious reasoning."
    • Vicious Not correct or pure; corrupt; as, vicious language; vicious idioms.
    • Vicious Not well tamed or broken; given to bad tricks; unruly; refractory; as, a vicious horse.
    • Vicious Wanting purity; foul; bad; noxious; as, vicious air, water, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vicious Characterized by vice or imperfection; faulty; defective.
    • vicious Addicted to vice; habitually transgressing moral law; depraved; profligate; wicked.
    • vicious Contrary to moral principles or to rectitude; perverse; pernicious; evil; bad.
    • vicious Impure; foul; vitiated: as, vicious humors.
    • vicious Faulty; incorrect; not pure; corrupt: as, a vicious style.
    • vicious Not well broken or trained; given to objectionable tricks: said of an animal.
    • vicious Characterized by severity; virulent; malignant; spiteful: as, a vicious attack.
    • vicious Synonyms and Wicked, Depraved, etc. (see criminal), unprincipled, licentious, profligate.
    • vicious Refractory, ugly.
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  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Early in the morning, at break of day, in all the freshness and dawn of one's strength, to read a book --I call that vicious!”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Little, vicious minds abound with anger and revenge, and are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.”
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    “There is no pleasure in life equal to that of the conquest of a vicious habit.”
  • Thomas Paine
    “Human nature is not of itself vicious.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
    “Justice should remove the bandage from her eyes long enough to distinguish between the vicious and the unfortunate.”


Vicious circle - A vicious circle is a sequence of events that make each other worse- someone drinks because they are unhappy at work, then loses their job... 'Vicious cycle' is also used.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. vicious, F. vicieux, fr. L. vitiosus, fr. vitium, vice. See Vice a fault


In literature:

Fadeaway again set his horse up viciously.
"Sundown Slim" by Henry Hubert Knibbs
Death is indeed a king of terrors when he attacks the vicious man!
"Mary" by Mary Wollstonecraft
Pete took an almost vicious delight in perfecting himself in this trick.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Perversely, he hated it for healing, and he poked it viciously to feel it throb.
"The Plastic Age" by Percy Marks
His fist landed on Owen's jaw, resounding with a vicious smack!
"Square Deal Sanderson" by Charles Alden Seltzer
There was something about her which seemed to wither up all low or vicious things.
"Beyond The Rocks" by Elinor Glyn
Yet we license saloons to turn drunken men loose in the street, some of them as vicious as mad dogs.
"Wit, Humor, Reason, Rhetoric, Prose, Poetry and Story Woven into Eight Popular Lectures" by George W. Bain
Now indignantly, now with contempt, men spoke of him as abandoned, a creature of unnatural viciousness.
"Oscar Wilde, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Frank Harris
It seemed to him that Lawler would snap his head from his shoulders, so viciously did Lawler shake him.
"The Trail Horde" by Charles Alden Seltzer
The loose end whipped the length of the yawl viciously and threw two of the crew flat into the boat's bottom.
"Navy Boys Behind the Big Guns" by Halsey Davidson

In poetry:

Man, what's the matter?
My you like to chatter!
Your praise is both capricious
and vicious.
"Table Hymn" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
But the bark was a kingly one,
It weathered the storms; I saw it run
Grappling with the stream and overcome
The vicious winds
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
For all thy vicious courses grieve,
And in thy Saviour, Christ, believe,
Forsake them, whilst thou yet hast breath,
And thou shalt never suffer death.
"Advice To Those Who Are Desirous Of Obtaining God's Favour, And Forgiveness Of Their Sins" by Rees Prichard
A messenger was sent by God, in love,
To fetch him from amidst the vicious throng,
And bear him to the glorious realms above,
To chant forth hymns, the blessed saints among.
"Advice To A Woman, Not To Grieve Too Much For The Death Of Her Child" by Rees Prichard
'Also the Honeysuckle and wild bine
Being in love did hide him from my sight;
The Ash-tree bent above him; vicious weeds
Withheld me; Willows in the River-wind
Hissed at me, by the twilight, waving wands.
"Crazed" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
And there shall we assur'dly go,
Hanging our lips and forehead low,
Because our time we so absurdly spend,
Because we do not watch and pray,
And do not (e'er that awful day
Of vengeance comes) our vicious lives amend.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard

In news:

For 35 years, the British streetwear brand BOY London's logo has appeared on major music players from both sides of the Atlantic, including Boy George, Madonna, Sid Vicious and Rihanna.
Parker and the Vicious Circle .
Italy risks economic ' vicious circle '.
Italy's economy risks a " vicious circle " of weak growth and lack of confidence.
'Grexit' worries fuel nation's vicious circle .
Is it a vicious circle .
Housing Cycle Is Caught in Vicious Circle .
A Shift, but for Some Drivers, a Vicious Circle .
On the CW, 'Gossip Girl' and the Vicious Circle .
Parker and the Vicious Circle ' (R).
A vicious cycle for female riders.
More enforcement won't break cannabis prohibition's vicious cycle of violence.
Smoke creating vicious cycle in Northwest skies.
Smoke Creating Vicious Cycle In Northwest Skies.
'Premium Rush' and a vicious cycle .

In science:

With the increasing number of results it became clear that vicious walkers are very important ob jects in mathematical areas far beyond its original scope.
The height and range of watermelons without wall
Later, Krattenthaler, Guttmann and Viennot proved new, exact as well as asymptotic, results for the number of certain configurations of vicious walkers.
The height and range of watermelons without wall
The vicious walkers model is also very closely related to random matrix theory, as can be seen from articles by, e.g., Baik , Johansson and Nagao and Forrester .
The height and range of watermelons without wall
Later, Katori and Tanemura and Gillet studied the diffusion scaling limit of certain configurations of vicious walkers, namely stars and watermelons, respectively.
The height and range of watermelons without wall
Functional central limit theorems for vicious walkers.
The height and range of watermelons without wall