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Etymology

From Anglo-Norman vicious, Old French vicious (modern French vicieux), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] vitiōsus, from vitium (fault, vice).

Pronunciation

Adjective

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Positive
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  1. Pertaining to vice; characterised by immorality or depravity.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 195:
      We may so seize on vertue, that if we embrace it with an over-greedy and violent desire, it may become vitious.
  2. Evil, immoral or depraved.
  3. Violent, destructive and cruel.
  4. savage and aggressive

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