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Virulent


Virulent things (like wounds and diseases) are poisonous or extremely harmful to the body.

More abstractly, virulent things and people are so mean or so bitter that they seem poisonous.

Pronunciation:
I prefer "VEER uh lunt,"
but "VEER yuh lunt" is also correct.

Part of speech:
Adjective.
(Adjectives are describing words, like "large" or "late."
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in "a virulent thing" or "a virulent person."
2. After a linking verb, as in "It was virulent" or "He was virulent.")

Other forms:
virulence, virulently

How to use it:
This word has a very harsh tone. To call something virulent is to hint that it's as harsh or hostile as a poisonous infection.

Talk about virulent people and attitudes; virulent comments and accusations (either spoken or written); and virulent actions and feelings, such as virulent spite, wrath, malice, etc.

And sometimes we talk about literally virulent things: "a virulent strain of flu," "a virulent snakebite."

examples:
Montgomery's National Memorial for Peace and Justice makes us confront the virulent hatred that ended the lives of thousands of black Americans.

As Election Day approached, the candidates spoke about each other with increasing virulence.



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