vicious

[ vish-uhs ]
/ ˈvɪʃ əs /

adjective

Origin of vicious

1300–50; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin vitiōsus, equivalent to viti(um) fault, vice1 + -ōsus -ous

Related forms

Can be confused

vicious viscose viscous
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vicious

/ (ˈvɪʃəs) /

adjective

Derived Forms

viciously, adverbviciousness, noun

Word Origin for vicious

C14: from Old French vicieus, from Latin vitiōsus full of faults, from vitium a defect
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