Definition of viciously in US English:

viciously

adverb

  • 1In a cruel or violent manner.

    ‘a teenager was viciously attacked by a group of youths’
    ‘the animals tore viciously into their flesh’
    • ‘Sir Hugo is found dead on the moors, viciously murdered by a terrifying hound from hell.’
    • ‘We see evil in parents who viciously abuse their children.’
    • ‘The victim turned up as planned and was viciously punched in the face.’
    • ‘In the ghostly tale, she is viciously beaten by invisible hands, dragged screaming across the bedroom floor, and suspended in midair.’
    • ‘A 200-pound pet chimpanzee viciously mauled a woman he had known for years.’
    1. 1.1 In an aggressive, angry way.
      ‘the boy swore viciously’
      • ‘He wrote a viciously disparaging blog post about the company's rejection of a dictionary app.’
      • ‘He worked only for political ends, viciously lampooning opponents of the left.’
      • ‘To viciously pontificate about a celebrity's perceived character flaws and imagined motivations is pretty cheap.’
      • ‘In a scene of recriminations and reproaches, they both viciously lash into each other.’
      • ‘The locals become viciously riled when the man and his estranged sister initiate a quasi-physical relationship.’

Pronunciation

viciously

/ˈviSHəslē//ˈvɪʃəsli/