vicious


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so intense as to cause extreme suffering

showing or suggesting a disposition to be violently destructive without scruple or restraint

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

having the nature of vice

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bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure

marked by deep ill will

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My uncle had given me eighty pounds, and I paid away thirty with my old horse in order to get another which I was going to sell for eighty or more--I meant to go without a horse-- but now it has turned out vicious and lamed itself.
Step by step the Arab beat back his adversary until the latter's horse all but trod upon the ape-man, and then a vicious cut clove the black warrior's skull, and the corpse toppled backward almost upon Tarzan.
So vicious was his onslaught that the poorly armed and unprotected burghers, unused to the stern game of war, fell like sheep before the iron men on their iron shod horses.
He had stumbled suddenly against a soft body, he had a momentary impression of a white, vicious face, of eyes blazing with insane fury.
Tudor was notching his steel-jacketed bullets, or cutting them blunt, so that they would spread on striking--in short, he was making them into the vicious dum-dum prohibited in modern warfare.
He had taken a liking to my vicious sister, and the Chatterer had come to tolerate him.
Not what you'd call a real vicious horse, but a dangerous one.
Into his snarl he incorporated all that was vicious, malignant, and horrible.
Inside were suspended many sheets of tin or thin iron, and against these metal sheets a row of donkeys were pounding their heels with vicious kicks.
Thank goodness there are no more fathers to come back," breathed Cecily with a vicious earnestness that made us all laugh, even in the midst of our dismay.
I may have gone too far; in which case I shall be careful not to trouble myself or my readers in the same way again; but when we have to do with vice and vicious characters, I maintain it is better to depict them as they really are than as they would wish to appear.
Be a good girl the rest of your days, and want shall be no motive to your going astray; and, believe me, there is more pleasure, even in this world, in an innocent and virtuous life, than in one debauched and vicious.
He was in a particularly vicious mood, and he kept the lions stirred up till they were all snarling, that is, all of them except old Augustus, and he was just too fat and lazy and old to get stirred up over anything.
by taking them away from their father, or by leaving them with a vicious father--yes, a vicious father.
Was man, indeed, at once so powerful, so virtuous and magnificent, yet so vicious and base?