- vicious circle,
Origin of vicious
Examples from the Web for viciously
The best that can be said for these budding radicals is that at least they sincerely hate the thing they so viciously attack.
“They treated me like an alien,” she says, explaining that North Koreans are viciously stereotyped in South Korea.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State|Lizzie Crocker|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nor is it where the gunman then viciously pistol whips his victim repeatedly for having the temerity not to die.Bronx Gunman Shot His Friend, Didn’t Spill His Drink|Michael Daly|August 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And in the 1950s, China policy was what Israel policy is today: a deeply ideological, viciously partisan issue.Why Doesn’t Anyone Care About the Rising U.S.-China Tension?|Peter Beinart|December 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And in contrast to congressional Democrats, who remain united, congressional Republicans are sniping at each other viciously.
And viciously with her fan she struck one of the cloister pillars.Zuleika Dobson|Max Beerbohm
He slammed his big fist against the side of the bunk so viciously that it seemed to jar the cabin.A Man to His Mate|J. Allan Dunn
Why did you wickedly and viciously send the Rain of Stones to crack and break our houses?Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz|L. Frank Baum
Furneaux pounded the table so viciously that the cups rattled.Number Seventeen|Louis Tracy
The woman advanced swiftly and looked down at the bird, which, pinned under the boy's arm, snapped at her viciously.The Wonder of War on Land|Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Word Origin for vicious
early 14c. (implied in viciously), "of the nature of vice, wicked," from Anglo-French vicious, Old French vicieus, from Latin vitiosus "faulty, defective, corrupt," from vitium "fault" (see vice (n.1)). Meaning "inclined to be savage or dangerous" is first recorded 1711 (originally of animals, especially horses); that of "full of spite, bitter, severe" is from 1825. In law, "marred by some inherent fault" (late 14c.), hence also this sense in logic (c.1600); cf. vicious circle in reasoning (c.1792, Latin circulus vitiosus), which was given a general sense of "a situation in which action and reaction intensify one another" by 1839.