Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “virulent”

virulent

adjective uk   /ˈvɪr.ʊ.lənt/ us  
A virulent disease or poison is dangerous and spreads or affects people very quickly: A particularly virulent strain of flu has recently claimed a number of lives in the US.Passing on illness and causing disease formal full of hate and violent opposition: She is a virulent critic of US foreign policy.Opposing and againstStrong feelings
(Definition of virulent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of virulent?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “virulent” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bitter

a type of dark brown beer with a bitter taste

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More