virulent
[ vir-yuh-luhnt, vir-uh- ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
Late middle English (originally describing a poisoned wound): from Latin virulentus, from virus ‘poison’ (see virus)
Synonyms
  • deadly
  • destructive
  • poisonous
Antonyms
  • harmless
Definition
actively poisonous; intensely noxious
Example
The rattlesnake is an incredibly dangerous, virulent snake commonly found in the southern United States.
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