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 for vicious
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vicious \Vi"cious\, a. [OF. vicious, F. vicieux, fr. L.
     vitiosus, fr. vitium vice. See Vice a fault.]
     1. Characterized by vice or defects; defective; faulty;
        imperfect.
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              Though I perchance am vicious in my guess. --Shak.
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              The title of these lords was vicious in its origin.
                                                    --Burke.
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              A charge against Bentley of vicious reasoning. --De
                                                    Quincey.
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     2. Addicted to vice; corrupt in principles or conduct;
        depraved; wicked; as, vicious children; vicious examples;
        vicious conduct.
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              Who . . . heard this heavy curse,
              Servant of servants, on his vicious race. --Milton.
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     3. Wanting purity; foul; bad; noxious; as, vicious air,
        water, etc. --Dryden.
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     4. Not correct or pure; corrupt; as, vicious language;
        vicious idioms.
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     5. Not well tamed or broken; given to bad tricks; unruly;
        refractory; as, a vicious horse.
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     6. Bitter; spiteful; malignant. [Colloq.]
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     Syn: Corrupt; faulty; wicked; depraved.
          [1913 Webster] -- Vi"cious*ly, adv. --
          Vi"cious*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  vicious
      adj 1: (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict
             pain or suffering; "a barbarous crime"; "brutal
             beatings"; "cruel tortures"; "Stalin's roughshod
             treatment of the kulaks"; "a savage slap"; "vicious
             kicks" [syn: barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell,
             roughshod, savage, vicious]
      2: having the nature of vice [syn: evil, vicious]
      3: bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure; "a criminal
         waste of talent"; "a deplorable act of violence"; "adultery
         is as reprehensible for a husband as for a wife" [syn:
         condemnable, criminal, deplorable, reprehensible,
         vicious]
      4: marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful; "poisonous
         hate"; "venomous criticism"; "vicious gossip" [syn:
         poisonous, venomous, vicious]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  199 Moby Thesaurus words for "vicious":
     Draconian, Tartarean, abominable, acrimonious, amoral, animal,
     anthropophagous, arrant, atrocious, bad, baleful, baneful,
     barbaric, barbarous, base, beastly, bestial, bitchy, bitter, black,
     blamable, blameworthy, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody-minded, brutal,
     brutalized, brute, brutish, cannibalistic, concentrated,
     contaminated, corroding, corrosive, corrupt, corrupting,
     corruptive, counterproductive, criminal, cruel, cruel-hearted,
     damaging, damnable, dark, deadly, defamatory, degenerate, degraded,
     degrading, deleterious, demoniac, demoniacal, depraved, desperate,
     despiteful, detrimental, devilish, diabolic, diabolical,
     disadvantageous, disgraceful, disserviceable, distressing, evil,
     execrable, exquisite, faulty, fearful, fell, feral, ferine,
     ferocious, fiendish, fiendlike, fierce, flagitious, flagrant, foul,
     furious, harmful, hateful, heinous, hellish, hurtful, ill, immoral,
     improper, inaccurate, inauspicious, inexpedient, infamous,
     inferior, infernal, inhuman, inhumane, iniquitous, injurious,
     invalid, kill-crazy, knavish, lethal, low, malefic, malevolent,
     malicious, malign, malignant, mean, merciless, mischievous,
     miscreant, monstrous, murderous, nasty, naughty, nefarious,
     noisome, noncivilized, nonmoral, noxious, obnoxious, odious,
     ominous, opprobrious, peccant, pernicious, perverse, perverted,
     pitiless, poisonous, poor, prejudicial, profligate, putrid,
     rancorous, rank, ravening, reprehensible, reprobate, rotten,
     ruthless, sadistic, sanguinary, sanguineous, satanic, savage,
     scandalous, scatheful, septic, severe, shameful, shameless,
     sharkish, sinful, sinister, slanderous, slavering, spiteful,
     steeped in vice, subhuman, tameless, terrible, toxic, truculent,
     unchristian, uncivilized, unfavorable, unforgivable, ungentle,
     unhealthy, unhuman, unkind, unmoral, unpardonable, unpleasant,
     unprincipled, unskillful, unsound, unspeakable, untamed, untoward,
     unworthy, vehement, venal, venenate, veneniferous, venenous,
     venomous, vice-laden, vice-prone, vile, villainous, vindictive,
     violent, virulent, wicked, wild, wolfish, wrong
  
  

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