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Virulence definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

VIR'ULENCE,'ULENCY, n. [from virulent.]
1. That renders it extremely active in doing injury; acrimony; malignancy; as the virulence of poison.
2. Acrimony of temper; extreme bitterness or malignity; as the virulence of enmity or malice; the virulence of satire; to attack a man with virulence.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: extreme harmfulness (as the capacity of a microorganism to cause disease); "the virulence of the plague" [syn: virulence, virulency]
2: extreme hostility; "the virulence of the malicious old man" [syn: virulence, virulency]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1621 the quality or state of being virulent: as a. extreme bitterness or malignity of temper ; rancor b. malignancy, venomousness <ameliorate the virulence of a disease> c. the relative capacity of a pathogen to overcome body defenses

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Virulence Vir"u*lence, Virulency Vir"u*len*cy, n. [Cf. F. virulence, L. virulentia an offensive odor, a stench.] 1. The quality or state of being virulent or venomous; poisonousness; malignancy. 2. Extreme bitterness or malignity of disposition. ``Refuted without satirical virulency.'' --Barrow. The virulence of one declaimer, or the profundities and sublimities of the other. --I. Taylor.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Virulence is great bitterness and hostility. (FORMAL) The virulence of the café owner's anger had appalled her. N-UNCOUNT: oft N of n 2. The virulence of a disease or poison is its ability to harm or kill people or animals. Medical authorities were baffled, both as to its causes and its virulence.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n.; (also virulency) 1. Poisonousness, venomousness. 2. Acrimony, malignancy, malignity, bitterness, malevolence.

Moby Thesaurus

acerbity, acid, acidity, acidulousness, acridity, acrimony, acuteness, amperage, animality, animosity, animus, antagonism, armipotence, asperity, astringency, atrocity, authority, bad blood, balefulness, banefulness, barbarity, beef, bile, bite, bitter feeling, bitter resentment, bitterness, bitterness of spirit, black power, bloodlust, brutality, brute force, causticity, charge, charisma, choler, clout, cogence, cogency, communicability, compulsion, contagiousness, deadliness, destructiveness, detrimentalness, dint, drive, duress, edge, effect, effectiveness, effectuality, energy, extremity, fatality, ferociousness, feud, fierceness, flower power, force, force majeure, forcefulness, full blast, full force, furiousness, gall, gnashing of teeth, grip, hard feelings, harmfulness, harshness, hatred, heartburning, hostility, hurtfulness, ill blood, ill feeling, ill will, impetuosity, inclemency, infectiousness, infectivity, influence, inhumanity, injuriousness, intensity, keenness, lethality, main force, main strength, malevolence, malice, maliciousness, malignance, malignancy, malignity, mana, mercilessness, might, might and main, mightiness, mindlessness, mischievousness, mordacity, mordancy, mortality, moxie, murderousness, muscle power, noisomeness, noxiousness, ominousness, perniciousness, pitilessness, pizzazz, poignancy, point, poison, poisonousness, poop, potence, potency, potentiality, power, power pack, power structure, power struggle, powerfulness, prepotency, productiveness, productivity, puissance, pull, punch, push, rancor, rankling, resentment, rigor, roughness, savagery, severity, sharpness, sinew, slow burn, soreness, sourness, spite, spleen, steam, sting, strength, stridency, stringency, strong arm, superiority, superpower, tartness, teeth, terrorism, toxicity, trenchancy, ungentleness, unhealthiness, validity, vandalism, vehemence, vendetta, venom, venomousness, viciousness, vigor, vim, violence, virility, virtue, virulency, vitality, vitriol, wattage, weight


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