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[vahy-per-uh s]
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  1. of the nature of or resembling a viper: a viperous movement.
  2. of or relating to vipers.
  3. characteristic of vipers.
  4. venomous.
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Origin of viperous

First recorded in 1525–35; viper + -ous
Related formsvi·per·ous·ly, adverbpseu·do·vi·per·ous, adjectivepseu·do·vi·per·ous·ly, adverb
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Related Words for viperous

baleful, bitter, evil, evil-minded, green-eyed, jealous, malevolent, mean, nasty, ornery, poisonous, spiteful, vengeful, vicious, vindictive, wicked, rancorous, resentful

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Historical Examples of viperous

  • There would thus be no departure from the previous epithet 'viperous.'



  • Urbino might change masters and obey the viperous Duke Valentino.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3

    John Addington Symonds

  • Mr. Chubb cast a suspicious and viperous glance at Felix, who felt that he had been a simpleton for his pains.

  • When Herr Strauss produced "Salome," half the world went in for the slim and viperous costume.


    Simeon Strunsky

  • Civil dissension is a viperous worm / That gnaws the bowels of the commonwealth.

British Dictionary definitions for viperous



  1. Also: viperine (ˈvaɪpəˌraɪn) of, relating to, or resembling a viper
  2. malicious
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Derived Formsviperously or viperishly, adverb
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