One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The victim turned up as planned and was viciously punched in the face.’
- 1.1 In an aggressive, angry way.‘the boy swore viciously’
- ‘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.’
- ‘To viciously pontificate about a celebrity's perceived character flaws and imagined motivations is pretty cheap.’
- ‘He worked only for political ends, viciously lampooning opponents of the left.’
- ‘He wrote a viciously disparaging blog post about the company's rejection of a dictionary app.’
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