1. Characterized by vice or defects; defective; faulty; imperfect.
Though I perchance am vicious in my guess. --Shak.
The title of these lords was vicious in its origin. --Burke.
A charge against Bentley of vicious reasoning. --De Quincey.
2. Addicted to vice; corrupt in principles or conduct; depraved; wicked; as, vicious children; vicious examples; vicious conduct.
Who . . . heard this heavy curse,
Servant of servants, on his vicious race. --Milton.
3. Wanting purity; foul; bad; noxious; as, vicious air, water, etc.
4. Not correct or pure; corrupt; as, vicious language; vicious idioms.
5. Not well tamed or broken; given to bad tricks; unruly; refractory; as, a vicious horse.
6. Bitter; spiteful; malignant. [Colloq.]
Syn: -- Corrupt; faulty; wicked; depraved.
-- Vi*cious*ly, adv. -- Vi*cious*ness, n.
adv : in a vicious manner; "he was viciously attacked" [syn: brutally,