how to pronounce vicious


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vicious is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of vicious in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… california caught in a vicious cycle of …”

meanings of vicious


  1. Pertaining to vice; characterised by immorality or depravity.
  2. Violent, destructive and cruel.
  3. Savage and aggressive.


  1. A surname​.

vicious frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word vicious occurs in english on average 8.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics vicious can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that vicious can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to vicious


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