addicted to or characterized by vice; grossly immoral; depraved; profligate: a vicious life.
given or readily disposed to evil: a vicious criminal.
reprehensible; blameworthy; wrong: a vicious deception.
spiteful; malicious: vicious gossip; a vicious attack.
unpleasantly severe: a vicious headache.
characterized or marred by faults or defects; faulty; unsound: vicious reasoning.
savage; ferocious: They all feared his vicious temper.
(of an animal) having bad habits or a cruel or fierce disposition: a vicious bull.
Archaic. morbid, foul, or noxious.

1300–50; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin vitiōsus, equivalent to viti(um) fault, vice1 + -ōsus -ous

viciously, adverb
viciousness, noun
unvicious, adjective
unviciously, adverb
unviciousness, noun

vicious, viscose, viscous.

1. abandoned, corrupt, iniquitous, sinful. 4. malevolent.

1. moral. Unabridged
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vicious (ˈvɪʃəs)
1.  wicked or cruel; villainous: a vicious thug
2.  characterized by violence or ferocity: a vicious blow
3.  informal unpleasantly severe; harsh: a vicious wind
4.  characterized by malice: vicious lies
5.  (esp of dogs, horses, etc) ferocious or hostile; dangerous
6.  characterized by or leading to vice
7.  invalidated by defects; unsound: a vicious inference
8.  obsolete noxious or morbid: a vicious exhalation
[C14: from Old French vicieus, from Latin vitiōsus full of faults, from vitium a defect]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c. (implied in viciously), "of the nature of vice, wicked," from Anglo-Fr. vicious, O.Fr. vicieus, from L. vitiosus "faulty, defective, corrupt," from vitium "fault" (see vice (1)). Meaning "inclined to be savage or dangerous" is first recorded 1711 (originally of animals,
especially horses); that of "full of spite, bitter, severe" is from 1825. In law, "marred by some inherent fault" (late 14c.), hence also this sense in logic (c.1600); cf. vicious circle in reasoning (c.1792), which was given a general sense of "a situation in which action and reaction intensify one another" by 1839.
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Example sentences
It viciously attacks the policies and the character of a president who belongs
  to the opposing political party.
My whole body was sore, as if a gang of boxers had punched me viciously.
To see you even after you were viciously attacked with a smile on your face
  astounded me.
They even criticized their publisher viciously in public.
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