Synonyms for vicious

Synonyms for (adjective) vicious

Synonyms: venomous, vicious, poisonous

Definition: marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful

Usage: poisonous hate; venomous criticism; vicious gossip

Similar words: malicious

Definition: having the nature of or resulting from malice

Usage: malicious gossip; took malicious pleasure in...watching me wince- Rudyard Kipling


Synonyms: brutal, barbarous, cruel, vicious, savage, roughshod, fell

Definition: (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering

Usage: a barbarous crime; brutal beatings; cruel tortures; Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks; a savage slap; vicious kicks

Similar words: inhumane

Definition: lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion

Usage: humans are innately inhumane; this explains much of the misery and suffering in the world; biological weapons are considered too inhumane to be used


Synonyms: vicious, reprehensible, condemnable, criminal, deplorable

Definition: bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure

Usage: a criminal waste of talent; a deplorable act of violence; adultery is as reprehensible for a husband as for a wife

Similar words: wrong

Definition: contrary to conscience or morality or law

Usage: it is wrong for the rich to take advantage of the poor; cheating is wrong; it is wrong to lie


Synonyms: vicious, evil

Definition: having the nature of vice

Similar words: wicked

Definition: morally bad in principle or practice