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"vicious" in British English

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viciousadjective

uk   us   /ˈvɪʃ.əs/
C2 Viscious ​people or ​actions show an ​intention or ​wish to ​hurt someone or something very ​badly: a vicious ​thug a vicious ​dog The ​police said that this was one of the most vicious ​attacks they'd ​everseen. He gave her a vicious ​look.C2 used to ​describe an ​object, ​condition, or ​remark that ​causesgreatphysical or ​emotionalpain: a ​largecollection of vicious ​medievaltortureinstruments a vicious ​lie/​accusation/​rumour I have a vicious ​headache.

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viciously
adverb uk   us   /-li/
viciousness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of vicious from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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viciousadjective

 us   /ˈvɪʃ·əs/
(of an ​act) ​intending to ​hurtbadly, or (of a ​person or ​animal) ​likely to be ​violent: I don’t ​believe he is a vicious ​dog. The few who ​disagreedbecame the ​targets of vicious written ​attacks on the ​Internet.
(Definition of vicious from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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