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This is the root of the viciousness of the whole French school.

I think that the first approach to viciousness of color in 17.

Lying, and treacherous disloyalty, and viciousness, and spite.

"He said to me something that made me angry," she replied, with a touch of viciousness.

Peden's emporium of viciousness was a notable establishment in its day.

And viciousness or crime are the result of a derangement in the primary system.

"Of viciousness and commercial calculation," continued Hurlstone hurriedly.

His errors were errors of unprofitableness, but never of viciousness.

I had no notion at the time of the reason for Hedwige's viciousness.

They came at Randall with a viciousness that argued well for their spirit.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c. (implied in viciously), "of the nature of vice, wicked," from Anglo-French vicious, Old French vicieus, from Latin vitiosus "faulty, defective, corrupt," from vitium "fault" (see vice (n.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, Latin circulus vitiosus), which was given a general sense of "a situation in which action and reaction intensify one another" by 1839.

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