[person, attack, assault, murder, crime] brutal (e)
→ He suffered a vicious attack.
→ He was a cruel and vicious man ...
[blow] vicieux (-euse)
[gang] violent (e)
[dog] vicieux (-euse)
[remark, letter] acerbe → I got the most vicious letters from all over the country.
[lie] cruel (le)
[campaign] odieux (-euse) → He conducted a vicious campaign to oust her from her job → its vicious campaign of ethnic cleansing
n cercle m vicieux
→ The more pesticides are used, the more resistant the insects become so the more pesticides have to be used. It's a vicious circle.
→ ... the vicious circle of poverty.
→ Without experience you can't get a job, yet without a job you can't gain experience; it's a vicious circle.
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