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A virulent form of the infectious disease spread through the country.
  of disease:  very bad — perhaps very contagious


harsh or hateful
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virulent virulence virulently
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  • A virulent form of the infectious disease spread through the country.
  • The increasingly virulent tone of the campaign had all but the most hateful and partisan tuning ignoring the discussion.
  • I was a precocious actress in her eyes; she sincerely looked on me as a compound of virulent passions, mean spirit, and dangerous duplicity.
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  Jane Eyre
  • His chance was poor; though I had no more animosity towards him than a virulent disease has against the victim it lays low.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Arrow of Gold

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  • These two clauses have been the source of much virulent invective and petulant declamation against the proposed Constitution.
    Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton
  • investigating the mechanism of the attenuation of virulence of microorganisms.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • At the least, he, will prosecute him at law with the utmost virulence and oppression.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • they look rather like the symptoms of a skin disease, a virulent form of mange.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • County officials say they eliminated the springs out of concern that bathers might become gravely ill from virulent microbes thought to flourish in the thermal pools.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The sample didn’t just test positive; it showed that Henrietta had been infected with multiple copies of HPV-18, which turned out to be one of the most virulent strains of the virus.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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  • ...the consensus appears to be that that region was plagued by a particularly virulent strain of what sociologists call a "culture of honor."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • He was virulently anti-American.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Just as Allied soldiers, like the cultures they came from, often held virulently racist views of the Japanese, Japanese soldiers and civilians, intensely propagandized by their government, usually carried their own caustic prejudices about their enemies, seeing them as brutish, subhuman beasts or fearsome "Anglo-Saxon devils."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • ...and joined a small, virulently fundamentalist church whose preacher sometimes screams on street corners.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Take up a harmless bacteria—such as the organism that causes pimples, or sore throats—-and bring it back in a new form, virulent and unexpected.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • What about the belief that mdr was less virulent and contagious than regular tb?
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Yet on the day when I went out there to stay that summer, it was as though that casual pause at my door had left some seed, some minute virulence in this cellar earth of mine...
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • It seemed that, for obvious reasons, the plague launched its most virulent attacks on those who lived, by choice or by necessity, in groups:
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • This year the brown insectivorous bats inhabiting the small cave were crawling with a particularly virulent strain of rabies.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • The vaccine consisted of live rabies virus, genetically modified to be nonvirulent.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • A terrible anger consumes me, virulent as a sickness.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The two classrooms had been overrun with a virulent toxic killer mold that crawled over textbooks, walls, and furniture and made many people sick.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • When decency, if not my dignity, had been restored, I rounded on those wolves with a virulence which surprised even me.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • It had been a particularly virulent bacterial strain.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Now the atmosphere was sleepier, the message not quite as virulent: Hey, if you die in here, that’s cool.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • He is still murmuring, trying to talk himself off some innermost ledge, and she can feel fear pumping off him, virulent, toxic; it reminds her of fumes billowing off the vats of formalin in the Department of Zoology.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • In the decades before the development of the cure, the disease had become so virulent and widespread it was extraordinarily rare for a person to reach adulthood without having contracted a significant case of amor deliria nervosa (please see "Statistics, Pre—Border Era" )… Many historians have argued that pre-cure society was itself a reflection of the disease, characterized by fracture, chaos, and instability….
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • One occasion, I looked over to find Jasper and Richard sitting nose to nose, glaring virulently at each other, saying nothing, pinching each other’s arms.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Cancer of that kind must be ghastly, those monstrous metastasizing cells so close to the brain—hideous little microscopic boll weevils invading cheek, sinuses, eye socket, jaw, filling the mouth with its fulminating virulence until the tongue, engulfed, rotted and fell dumb.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Heavens! what a virulent attack!" replied the prince, not in the least disconcerted by this reception.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I was a precocious actress in her eyes; she sincerely looked on me as a compound of virulent passions, mean spirit, and dangerous duplicity.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • John and Lou had picked up some kind of virulent intestinal ailment from the unclean surroundings.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The problem is not only that a single bacterium has become more virulent.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Besides, he would say, the virulent opposition of President Simon Bolivar was no laughing matter.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The bulk of that oil wealth pouring in from the Gulf is aimed at Pakistan’s most virulent incubator of religious extremism—Wahhabi madrassas.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • The glowing spirits flashed with angry virulence as they whirled around the man, forming an impenetrable wall.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Then we knew that this was to be expected too; as if that quality of her father which had thwarted her woman’s life so many times had been too virulent and too furious to die.
    William Faulkner  --  A Rose for Emily
  • Later, a virulent case of acne deepened his pain at being observed.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • I drew my lips back and showed him my virulent teeth.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • She knew her sister’s character, the haughtiness of her spirit, and she was frightened by the virulence of her anger.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • And the lock of hair—that too I had always carried about me in the same pocket-book, which was now searched by Madam with the most ingratiating virulence,—the dear lock—all, every memento was torn from me.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • One little sip of this antidote would have rendered the most virulent poisons of the Borgias innocuous.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • The virus of Potomac Fever, which rages everywhere in Washington, breeds nowhere in more virulent form than on the Senate floor.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • But, unfortunately, she had likewise to struggle against a bitter emotion of a directly opposite kind: a sentiment of virulence, we mean, towards the idle aristocracy to which it had so recently been her pride to belong.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • A voice rang out virulent and bitter behind me.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Brent had been gone for eight months now, the victim of a virulent strain of testicular cancer.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • Among the aerial clouds over his head were visable the virulent pouring showers and sparks of ruddy fire which the seething of his savage wrath caused to mount up above him.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • But Volumnia the fair, being subject to the prevalent complaint of boredom and finding that disorder attacking her spirits with some virulence, ventures at length to repair to the library for change of scene.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
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