Meaning of “virulence” in the English Dictionary

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"virulence" in British English

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virulencenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈvɪr.ə.ləns/ us /ˈvɪr.jə.ləns/

the danger and speed of spreading of a disease:

The virulence of the disease is causing great concern in medical circles.

formal very strong feelings of hating or opposing something or someone:

We are witnessing racism of a virulence that we haven't seen in Europe since the 1940s.

(Definition of “virulence” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)