Definition of viciousness in US English:

viciousness

noun

  • 1Deliberate cruelty or violence.

    ‘she was visibly shocked by the viciousness of the attack’
    • ‘In explaining the viciousness of the war in the Pacific, the virulent racism of all the participating countries is crucial.’
    • ‘The sense of finality which that conveyed really brought home the violence and viciousness of the act.’
    • ‘The sentencing judge noted "a high degree of cruelty, viciousness, and callousness."’
    • ‘The person who is the killer is the person who presses all the way and governs the viciousness of the attack.’
    • ‘The viciousness of the crime was enough to seal his fate.’
    1. 1.1 Aggressive, angry behavior.
      ‘they reveal a stupidity and viciousness when arguing’
      • ‘He berates the already demoralized employees in a speech of extraordinary viciousness.’
      • ‘The possibilities are limited only by the deviousness of your mind and the viciousness of your competitive drive.’
      • ‘The viciousness of the response from the other side was very telling.’
      • ‘We are a straightforward and self-righteous people, so we are rather good at viciousness, but lacking in irony.’
      • ‘No other civil rights movement would allow a hate monger to spew their viciousness on their own show on national television.’

Pronunciation

viciousness

/ˈviSHəsnəs//ˈvɪʃəsnəs/