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Definition of disease:  very bad — perhaps very contagious


harsh or hateful
  • A virulent form of the infectious disease spread through the country.
virulent = very bad
  • The increasingly virulent tone of the campaign had all but the most hateful and partisan tuning ignoring the discussion.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • At the least, he, will prosecute him at law with the utmost virulence and oppression.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • virulence = harshness
  • ...and joined a small, virulently fundamentalist church whose preacher sometimes screams on street corners.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • virulently = harshly
  • ...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
  • virulent = very bad
  • 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
  • virulent = harshest (worst)
  • What about the belief that mdr was less virulent and contagious than regular tb?
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • virulent = dangerous (bad)
  • 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
  • virulent = very bad
  • He was virulently anti-American.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • virulently = in a harsh and hateful manner
  • they look rather like the symptoms of a skin disease, a virulent form of mange.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • virulent = very bad
  • investigating the mechanism of the attenuation of virulence of microorganisms.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • virulence = very bad — perhaps very contagious
  • The vaccine consisted of live rabies virus, genetically modified to be nonvirulent.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • nonvirulent = not dangerous
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "non-" in nonvirulent means not and reverses the meaning of virulent. This is the same pattern you see in words like nonfat, nonfiction, and nonprofit.)
  • This year the brown insectivorous bats inhabiting the small cave were crawling with a particularly virulent strain of rabies.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • virulent = very bad — perhaps very contagious
  • 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
  • virulent = disease-causing
  • 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!
  • virulence = bad disease; or something harmful
  • 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
  • virulent = severely harmful
  • 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
virulently = hatefully

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