from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having the nature of vice; evil, immoral, or depraved.
- adj. Given to vice, immorality, or depravity.
- adj. Spiteful; malicious: vicious gossip.
- adj. Disposed to or characterized by violent or destructive behavior. See Synonyms at cruel.
- adj. Marked by an aggressive disposition; savage. Used chiefly of animals.
- adj. Severe or intense; fierce: a vicious storm.
- adj. Faulty, imperfect, or otherwise impaired by defects or a defect: a forced, vicious style of prose.
- adj. Impure; foul.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pertaining to vice; characterised by immorality or depravity.
- adj. Evil, immoral or depraved.
- adj. Violent, destructive and cruel.
- adj. Savage and aggressive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Characterized by vice or defects; defective; faulty; imperfect.
- adj. Addicted to vice; corrupt in principles or conduct; depraved; wicked.
- adj. Wanting purity; foul; bad; noxious.
- adj. Not correct or pure; corrupt.
- adj. Not well tamed or broken; given to bad tricks; unruly; refractory.
- adj. Bitter; spiteful; malignant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Characterized by vice or imperfection; faulty; defective.
- Addicted to vice; habitually transgressing moral law; depraved; profligate; wicked.
- Contrary to moral principles or to rectitude; perverse; pernicious; evil; bad.
- Impure; foul; vitiated: as, vicious humors.
- Faulty; incorrect; not pure; corrupt: as, a vicious style.
- Not well broken or trained; given to objectionable tricks: said of an animal.
- Characterized by severity; virulent; malignant; spiteful: as, a vicious attack.
- Synonyms and Wicked, Depraved, etc. (see criminal), unprincipled, licentious, profligate.
- Refractory, ugly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
- adj. marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful
- adj. having the nature of vice
- adj. bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure
Middle English, from Old French vicieus, from Latin vitiōsus, from vitium, vice.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman vicious, Old French vicious (modern French vicieux), from Latin vitiōsus, from vitium ("fault, vice"). (Wiktionary)