Synonyms of vicious in English:

vicious


See definition of vicious

adjective

1‘there was a vicious killer at large’

SYNONYMS

brutal, ferocious, savage, violent, dangerous, ruthless, remorseless, merciless, heartless, callous, cruel, harsh, cold-blooded, inhuman, fierce, barbarous, barbaric, brutish, bestial, bloodthirsty, bloody, fiendish, sadistic, monstrous, villainous, murderous, homicidal, heinous, atrocious, diabolical, terrible, dreadful, awful, grim

British informal beastly

archaic fell, sanguinary

ANTONYMS

gentle

2‘the MP was the victim of a vicious hate campaign’

SYNONYMS

malicious, malevolent, malignant, malign, spiteful, vindictive, venomous, poisonous, baleful, virulent, pernicious, backbiting, rancorous, caustic, mean, cruel, bitter, acrimonious, hostile, hate-filled, menacing, nasty, unpleasant, evil

defamatory, slanderous

informal bitchy, catty

literary malefic, maleficent

ANTONYMS

kindly, benevolent