virulence
[ vir-yuh-luhns ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
17th century; Latin from Latin vīrulentia ‘stench’
Synonyms
    1.
  • acerbity
    2.
  • bitterness
  • hostility
Antonyms
    1.
  • softness
    2.
  • mildness
Definition
1. quality of being poisonous or noxious
2. venomous hostility or intense temper
Examples
1. A) Medical professionals were astounded at the virulence of the poison and its ability to harm others. B) The leader of the expedition warned against the virulence of the plants along the trail.
2. A) She looked at him with such virulence that he began to tremble. B) He could not understand how her love turned to virulence so quickly.
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