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virulent
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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Definition
of disease:  very bad — perhaps very contagious

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harsh or hateful
  • "Poppa, these young men want to talk to 'Jerrold' about some fire," the son said; he spoke laconically and with a more virulent Boston accent than his father's.
    p. 352.9
  • But his family labored under a plainness so virulent that the dullness of his wife and children outshone even their proneness to illness, which was remarkable.
    p. 117.4
  • He said that Owen Meany was "so virulently antireligious" that he had "desecrated the statue of a saint at a Roman Catholic school"; that he had launched a "deeply anti-Catholic campaign" on the Gravesend campus, under the demand of not wanting a fish-only menu in the school dining hall on Fridays; and that there were "charges against him for being anti-Semitic, too."
    p. 416.3
  • Because of the medal, because the story of Owen's heroism was in all the New Hampshire newspapers, that oaf—the Rev. Dudley Wiggin—wanted Owen to have an Episcopalian service; Rector Wiggin, who was a virulent supporter of the Vietnam War, wanted to perform Owen's funeral in Christ Church.
    p. 543.1

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