Phrases with "vicious"

James Joyce An infamous private ailment (vulgovarioveneral) had claimed endright, closed his vicious circle, snap. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Society, therefore, as it becomes more enlightened, should be very careful not to establish bodies of men who must necessarily be made foolish or vicious by the very constitution of their profession. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Anthony Trollope It was not that Lady Laura Kennedy ever confessed to herself the existence of a vicious passion. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Look back, my boy; remember that bitter time in which you were lost to me, led away by low and vicious companions, and only appealing to me when you found yourself in debt and difficulty. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

The next wave, however, carried him much farther up the beach, dropping him with a vicious thud when it was done with him. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Anthony Trollope We have said that Sir Florian was vicious; but he was not altogether a bad man, nor was he vicious in the common sense of the word. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

I knew it quite well for that vicious young reptile’s, but it was welcome to me as sunshine in harvest. Charles Van Rheyn by Ellen Wood [1875]

He accelerated his pace, and with a snappy bark made a vicious plunge at the paper, but it just eluded him as it was drawn up quickly over the wall. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

They say youths are deformed who are vicious and foolish, and that the wise are fair; and yet that none of these beautiful ones is either beloved or worthy of being beloved. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

G. K. Chesterton I think he is a loose, lying, vicious braggart and humbug; a selfish, sensual mountebank. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Nathaniel Hawthorne And here was an indolent nobility, with no high aims or opportunities, but cultivating a vicious way of life, as if it were an art, and the only one which they cared to learn. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Anthony Trollope He was not vicious was not a gambler or a drunkard was not self-indulgent to a degree that brought upon him any reproach; nor was he regardless of his children. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft I do not remember many particulars — you can imagine my state of mind — but it is a vicious lie to say it was Herbert West’s body which I put into the incinerator. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

M. R. James The strain relaxed abruptly, the owl nearly fell over, and then whipped round, ruffling up all over, and made a vicious dab at something unseen by me. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

Particularly Toad-in-the-hole, though considerably above a hundred years old, was getting as vicious as a young leopard. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

H.G. Wells Yet the Angel acted without personal malice — saw in the thing only an ugly and vicious plant that trailed insidiously among its fellows. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Madame Lorilleux grabbed the baby from her; that could be enough to give the poor little thing all sorts of vicious tendencies, meddling with it like that while her skull was still soft. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

George Gissing There will come of it a vicious formation, and the principle applies also to the youth of men. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Then a vicious swirl of bullets, and everyone had flung himself on his knees and was frantically digging, deepening the trench and scooping out small shelters in the side. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

I felt as if all manner of vicious vapours were being blown out of my head as the soft wind lifted my hair. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

And now, don’t you think you’d better get out of these grounds?” Mr. Lindsay, who had been anxious to do so for the last five minutes, flung her a vicious glance and started. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

It was almost dark inside and the vicious push he had received caused the student instantly to overbalance. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

The girl had the most vicious countenance — it was repulsive! It was a face in which boldness struggled for the supremacy with cunning, and both were thrashed into subjection by avarice. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Henry Handel Richardson And so it would go on, month after month; round and round in the same vicious circle. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Although that Nero were as vicious As any fiend that lieth ful lowe adoun, Yit he, as tellith us Suetonius, This wyde world had in subjeccioun, Bothe est and west, south and septemtrioun. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Henry James It was worthy of her, for it was simply a vicious little kick as she took her flight. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Rudyard Kipling Kitty unstrung her bow with a vicious jerk, and went back to her place, while Barr–Saggott was trying to pretend that he enjoyed snapping the bracelet on the snubby girl’s raw, red wrist. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Jack London Your sociology is as vicious and worthless as is your method of thinking. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Sinclair Lewis As too ‘radical,’” growled Loveland. “Yes! And his most vicious attack has been on Glicknow’s treatment of the use of the aorist in Hesiod!” wailed his wife. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Machen I did not suspect him for a moment of leg-pulling of an offensive and vicious kind. The Children of the Pool by Arthur Machen

Anthony Trollope The people about the place declared that the beast was vicious, but Lord de Guest had often been heard to boast that it was never vicious with him. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Abraham Merri There was a vicious hiss from Lugur; but Yolara regarded Larry with eyes now all tender blue. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

While some shrink from observation, others, though themselves obscure to the vanishing-point, seem to be endowed with a vicious yearning for notoriety. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Henry James The major, by way of congratulating her, declared that her novel was immoral rubbish, and that her love of vicious paradoxes was only a peculiarly depraved form of coquetry. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was flushed, and his small eyes were as vicious as those of a bull-dog. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

I took the opportunity to confide in him, as an old friend, about the vicious punch last night. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Arnold Bennett He considered that a cut-glass double inkstand was a vicious concession to Mrs Hamps’s very vulgar taste in knick-knacks, and, moreover, he always now discouraged retail trade at the shop. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Rosemary, as dewy with belief as a child from one of Mrs. Burnett’s vicious tracts, had a conviction of homecoming, of a return from the derisive and salacious improvisations of the frontier. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

D. H. Lawrence A vicious habit made her start the personal tricks. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Horace Walpole Does that imply a vicious title? I might have asked, where is Frederic your Lord? Report speaks him dead in captivity. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

With vicious relish he brought up the most spicy current continental historical falsehoodsthan which nothing can be conceived more offensive. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

D. H. Lawrence They’re vicious little nuisances, moles are. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens And the mere sight of the torment, with his fishy eyes and mouth open, his sandy hair inquisitively on end, and his waistcoat heaving with windy arithmetic, made me vicious in my reticence. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

He produced then a key from somewhere and led the way out of his lair, giving me a vicious sidelong look in passing. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Your gold vase there will not turn vicious and produce copper — nor can all your alchemy turn copper to gold. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then a spear-head flashed from behind a rock with a quick, vicious upward thrust, the clergyman fell upon his hands and knees, and the horde poured over him to seize their unresisting victims. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

She had no time to make a sound, and the first kiss I planted on her closed lips was vicious enough to have been a bite. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

The Count looked round, and was startled by meeting a vicious glance out of the corners of the other’s eyes. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

And what is this attitude? An attitude of sniggering superiority punctuated by bursts of vicious hatred. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Sinclair Lewis For both the poverty-laden and the vicious —” He made a little whistling between his beautiful but false teeth, and went on with frigid benignancy. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

G. K. Chesterton His antics with donkeys and concertinas, crowded charabancs, and exchanged hats, though clumsy, are not so vicious or even so fundamentally vulgar as many of the amusements of the overeducated. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Then suddenly, in the midst of their talking, a sharp, vicious crack came up from just below them, and Lady Ardane, her nerves all on edge, sprang to her feet. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

A little while later, however, a bullet shot past my ear with a vicious crack and banged into the parados behind. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

The gharry ponies are gaunt, vicious things that have been sold cheap as having a few years’ work left in them. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling Now, thanks to a vicious little housemaid’s folly, there was nothing to look for — not even the hope that he might some day take an abiding interest in the housemaid. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Guy de Maupassan Ripe and pretty, with a feline charm, you can see that she is vicious to the marrow. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

Frances Hodgson Burnett A debauched old degenerate marrying the daughter of his mistress because her eighteen years attracts his vicious decrepitude. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

I beg to offer you my compliments,” said Colbert, with a vicious smile. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

H. G. Wells Up they came at the tug of “Alauda,” and they were trailing and dancing and leaping along behind me, and taking the most vicious dives and lunges at everything that came within range of them. My First Aeroplane by H. G. Wells [1910]

Quick lightning stabbed the world in vicious and repeated hate. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

The next point I wish to dwell on is the part played by what I have called vicious intellectualism in this wonderful system’s structure. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

No one at a first glance would have thought the Sire do Retz to be by nature so cruel and vicious as he was supposed to be. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

D. H. Lawrence In horror lest he should overcome her, and yet at the heart quite calm, she brought down the cane again and again, whilst he struggled making inarticulate noises, and lunging vicious kicks at her. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope To herself she had never seemed to be vicious or impure, but she understood well that he was not equally free from the bonds which religion had imposed upon him. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

But the temperature of these preserves them, though not others; because in others the vicious humor that holds the leaves is constipated by the cold, or being weak and little is dried up. Symposiacs by Plutarch

D. H. Lawrence So should I. A vicious horse is worse than a vicious man — except that you are free to put him six feet underground, and end his vice finally, by your own act. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells It was a long struggle, vicious from the beginning, and growing at last to pitiless antagonism. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Again, one fierce, vicious blow with some blunt instrument, and the poor creature was left to die where she fell. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Daniel Defoe As my intentions are good, so have they had the good fortune to meet with approbation from the sober and substantial part of mankind; as for the vicious and vagabond, their ill-will is my ambition. Everybody’s business is nobody’s business by Daniel Defoe [1725]

Samuel Johnson I have erred and sinned; but have repented, and never indulged any vicious habit. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Virginia Woolf But when a brain seller has sold her brain, its anaemic, vicious and diseased progeny are let loose upon the world to infect and corrupt and sow the seeds of disease in others. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Virginia Woolf I have driven a violent, an unruly, a vicious team. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Virginia Woolf What more fitting than to destroy an old word, a vicious and corrupt word that has done much harm in its day and is now obsolete? The word ‘feminist’ is the word indicated. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Percy Bysshe Shelley The character of actions as virtuous or vicious would by no means be determined alone by the personal advantage or disadvantage of each moral agent individually considered. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

The ghosts that are actively vicious are the most vivid and numerous in later fiction. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Henry James She was poor, however, and her principles were an insufficient dowry for Anastasia, who was married very young to a vicious Jew, twice her own age. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The vicious light of hate blazed in his eyes. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

George Eliot He’s as sleek as a rat, and has as vicious a tooth. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Now that a vicious system of trade has existed so long, it has stereotyped itself in the human generation, and misers are born. The Conservative by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Daniel Defoe If ever I had a grain of true repentance for a vicious and abominable life for twenty-four years past, it was then. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

Washington Irving He thought, too, that a vicious taste prevailed among those who wrote for the stage. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Ay,” he yawed with a vicious smile, “we’ll make a night o’t — we two. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Sinclair Lewis She was a crusader and, like every crusader, she exulted in the opportunity to be vicious in the name of virtue. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Abraham Merri I saw the helmsman straighten up and bring the wheel about with a vicious jerk. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Thomas Paine Government ought to be as much open to improvement as anything which appertains to man, instead of which it has been monopolised from age to age, by the most ignorant and vicious of the human race. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Sinclair Lewis Cass was near enough to hear her say “You quit that!” in a manner so vicious that Jay released her. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells His scowl was at its most masterful and vicious and his mouth was tight drawn in at its left corner, with resolution. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The first play was written by a superior, thoughtful man, with a vicious ear. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

D. H. Lawrence But suddenly the bus started, with a vicious lurch. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

I therefore rose to the occasion; calculated she would like a diamond star (L116), but reckoned it was more than I could afford; and sustained a vicious kick under the table for either verb. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Thomas Wolfe As for herself, she had so long been the butt of vicious gossip that she could take it with good nature or complete indifference. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

My life has been an erring one; but poverty is the most vicious companion that a man can consort with. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

I never could understand why he kept the creature, nor what pleasure he found in shutting himself up in his room with this surly, vicious beast. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Henry James It must be added that if this impulse was not vicious or malicious, it was by no means void of humorous expectancy. The American by Henry James [1877]

While the baronet was penning these records of vicious schemes — dire waste of wealth and time — irrevocable time! — Marston paced his study in a very different frame of mind. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Most of them, however, are far too lazy or vicious to compete. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Ann Radcliffe Her mind was not yet strong enough, or her views sufficiently enlarged, to teach her a contempt of the sneer of vicious folly, and to glory in the dignity of virtuous independence. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

George MacDonald He gave her arm a vicious twist, but happily her bones were in better condition than his. Lilith by George MacDonald

He sprang at Larose, and closing with him, aimed a vicious blow with his knife at the Australian’s heart. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

The more virtuous she grew, the more vicious did Lemoine feel. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Edgar Rice Burroughs There were a number of the same vicious wolf-dogs which we had left worrying the dyryth, and many goatlike animals whose distended udders explained the reasons for their presence. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Sarle gave him a vicious kick on the shin as he went by, and Edgehill supplemented it with a hard pull on the ear, but the object of their indignities took not the slightest notice. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

And why is that? Purely from the vicious constitution of society on the continent, where all the fountains of honor lie in the military profession or in the diplomatic. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

The frankness of the sentimental Jean Jacques Rousseau, and of my coarse friend, Mark Wylder, is but a damnable form of vicious egotism. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

For be we never so vicious withinne, We shuln be holden wys and clene of synne. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

H. Rider Haggard To be really great, I think that a woman must be vicious with discrimination, and I respect vice accordingly. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Sinclair Lewis The man was Carlyle Vesper. He was carrying an old-fashioned razor, the blade clear and vicious even in that muggy light. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

So she lay on the rough carpet, sobbing hopelessly, and seeing real and vicious devils of her brother’s imagining in all the corners of the room. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Jack London He favoured me with a vicious stare. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Suspicion, sullen ill-temper were on her forehead, vicious propensities in her eye, envy and panther-like deceit about her mouth. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Geoffrey Chaucer For be we never so vicious withinne, We sol been holden wise, and clene of synne. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

His vicious tastes had survived the means of their gratification. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

James Joyce I felt my soul receding into some pleasant and vicious region; and there again I found it waiting for me. Dubliners by James Joyce

Charlotte Perkins Gilman You may remember, my friend, that thousands of men, as vicious as any prostitutes, and often as diseased, continued to live, to work, and to enjoy. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

George Gissing In the large towns, the populace sink deeper and deeper into a vicious vulgarity, and every rural district is being affected by the spread of contagion. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

H. G. Wells I fancied even then that he had a sneaking kindness for some of these metamorphosed brutes, a vicious sympathy with some of their ways, but that he attempted to veil it from me at first. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Such a revelation would just appeal to the baronet’s vicious and distorted sense of humour, and it would delight him to know that punishment was falling upon them all. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Thomas Paine When once such a vicious system is established it becomes the guard and protection of all inferior abuses. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

The ruddy fiery glare, taking a long flight through the night, sank with a vicious hiss, and the calm soft starlight descended upon them, unchecked. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Then he proceeded to show that a tambourine and moral degradation were synonymous terms, and a fiddle and vicious propensities wholly inseparable. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Andrew Lang He took the water, crossing by the big pool, which looked almost like a little loch, tempestuous under a north wind blowing up stream, and covered with small white, vicious crests. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells It may be distracting or over-stimulating, it may evoke and increase fear, it may be drab and dull and depressing, it may be stupefying, it may be misleading and productive of vicious habits of mind. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Anthony Trollope He knew himself, he declared, and he made all manner of excuses for his former vicious life, basing them all on the hardness of her treatment of him. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Her face was changeable to every eye; One way look’d ill, another graciously; Which while men view’d, they cheerful were and holy, But looking off, vicious and melancholy. Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe and George Chapman

Arthur Conan Doyle Baldwin was still stooping over his victim, putting in a short, vicious blow whenever he could see a part exposed, when McMurdo dashed up the stair and pushed him back. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Similarly, a boy brought up in a secluded condition of purity and ignorance, finally developed into one of the most vicious of men. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Sigmund Freud From this it is not very far to the totemistic representation of the dreaded father by means of vicious animals, dogs, wild horses, etc. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Henry Handel Richardson Without warning, Richard had leant forward and dealt the horse a vicious cut on the neck. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Percy Bysshe Shelley He little thought that, under a form so celestial, so interesting, lurked a heart depraved, vicious as a demon’s. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Every explanation of a present by a past seems to involve this kind of circle, which is not a vicious circle. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

George Gissing She was by no means a vicious girl, she had no love of riot for its own sake; she would greatly have preferred a decent mode of life, had it seemed practicable. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Thomas Paine Plan of a progressive tax, operating to extirpate the unjust and unnatural law of primogeniture, and the vicious influence of the aristocratical system. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

But Larose sprang to one side and catching the outstretched arm gave it a vicious wrench, at the same time thrusting the chauffeur forward so that he almost measured his length upon the ground. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

He dragged the unresisting maid with him by a circuitous way into the compound, where he dismissed her with a vicious push in the direction of the cluster of bamboo huts for the servants. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Charles Dickens It’s the only truth going!’ This vicious assumption of honesty in dishonesty — a vice so dangerous, so deadly, and so common — seemed, he observed, a little to impress her in his favour. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Isabella Bird Nearly all power in the United States is held to a great extent on popular sufferance; it emanates from the will of the majority, no matter how vicious or how ignorant that majority may be. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Robert Louis Stevenson That I should continue writing to you at such length is simply a vicious habit for which I blush. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

With vicious delight he heard his father use the same sneers, the same gibes, the same brutalities; then he turned suddenly and had him under foot, kicking, bludgeoning, stamping the life out. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

It was, in respect to the Aztecs, a generous graft on a vicious stock, and could have brought no fruit to perfection. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Benjamin Disraeli This man had, about a fortnight ago, been of essential service to our hero, when a vicious horse, which he was endeavouring to cure of some ugly tricks, had nearly terminated his mortal career. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

This is one of their assertions against the common conception, that no vicious man receives any utility. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

She and Edward talked much, always in a vein of playful contention; she was vexed, or pretended to be vexed, that he had that day driven a vicious horse in the gig, and he made light of her fears. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Ivan Turgenev Yes! I fought shy of my virtuous mother, and passionately loved my vicious father. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Cunning and treacherous — look at those eyes, vicious and cruel — look at that mouth. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

His hands were soft and smooth, with moist palms and closely cut nailsvicious hands, made to take cunningly what they coveted. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Benjamin Disraeli If this creature cannot always feel for others, he is doomed to feel for himself; and the vicious are, at least, blessed with the curse of remorse. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Sinclair Lewis He came out with a vicious determination to do what he pleased. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence And seeing the naked translucent ice heaving downwards in a vicious curve, always the same dark translucency underfoot, he was afraid. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Every vicious person abates the horror which it should naturally excite in a virtuous mind. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

E. Phillips Oppenheim They had become so accustomed to the existence of the aristocrats that their vicious lives seemed sacred. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Arnold Bennett It was not a vicious wrath, rather a good-humoured wrath; but it impressed the hodman. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Such, in one view, they really are; and yet in another they have a vicious constitution. Goethe by Thomas De Quincey

We realized that they hated us, but we could never understand why, and naturally we set it down to pure, vicious malignity. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

The vicious little beast would have no hold upon him. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

It is in this charge that the vicious abstractionism becomes most apparent. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Ivan Turgenev He had a splendid English mare, a chestnut piebald, with a long slender neck and long legs, an inexhaustible and vicious beast. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

Wilkie Collins I insist on knowing how far your vices have compromised you with that vicious woman. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Bushes and rank grass crowded it to the wheel ruts, and out of this ambuscade the pests of the lowlands swarmed after him, humming a keen, vicious soprano. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Richard Burton The Pasha, looking at you with a vicious sneer, turned up his nose, ejaculated “’Ajami,” and prescribed the bastinado. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Jack London There seemed nothing vicious in them. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

What does not wasting time destroy? The age of our fathers, worse than our grandsires, produced us still more flagitious, us, who are about to product am offspring more vicious [even than ourselves]. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

D. H. Lawrence As we entered the stable there was an ugly noise, and three great rats half rushed at us and threatened us with their vicious teeth. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

When I came upon him, he was thrusting with his left hand across his own body — a vicious thrust and with his left hand. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

H.P. Lovecraft Then he said we were the victims of a vicious bull — though the animal was a difficult thing to place and account for. The Unnamable by H.P. Lovecraft [1923]

George Gissing At present, the only person she appeared to really like was the servant Sarah, a girl of vicious character. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Baldwin Spencer Of these three men, one represented a male snake, called Ngabadaua, a quick-moving, vicious animal of which the natives are very much afraid. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Ralph Waldo Emerson We cannot go deep enough into the biography of the spirit who never throws himself entire into one hero, but delegates his energy in parts or spasms to vicious and defective individuals. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Marjorie Bowen She gave him a glance, vicious with the sense of an opportunity lost. The Housekeeper by Marjorie Bowen

A voice spoke, mumbling indistinctly, and Colin arrived at a pair of wrought-iron gates just in time to have them shut in his face with a vicious clang. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Between his debauches of vicious idleness and his accesses of baleful activity he is employed in poisoning the mind of the working-men against his real interests and real friends. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Isabella Bird I visited another industrial school, in a very bad part of the town, adjoining the Bowery, where the parents are of the very worst description, and their offspring are vicious and unmanageable. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

There was a vicious look in his eye, and he clutched the bread-knife from the table. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

George Meredith The skill which warded off the more vicious one aroused his admiration. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Henry Kingsley If you must keep an imp of Satan in the house, get a mole, or a rat, or some quiet beast of that sort, and not such a vicious toad as him. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Edith Wharton I saw that we were in a vicious circle. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

To do Jo’s master justice, the kicks were not vicious kicks, and the rough language was but an intimation that dispatch was needed. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

But these are fantastic and paradoxical ideas, which only serve to show the vicious refinement of this fastidious ruffian. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle He ended a string of abuse by a vicious backhander, which I failed to entirely avoid. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Zpt! Zpt! Zpt! Their rifles spat vicious death, and tinkles of glass and plaster announced the coming of the bullets. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

As Willems was looking at Joanna her upper lip was drawn up on one side, giving to her melancholy face a vicious expression altogether new to his experience. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

And he was not vicious by halves. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Arthur Conan Doyle He had a large red face, with pendulous cheeks, and a general air of superficial benevolence which was marred by a cruel, vicious mouth. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

George Gissing The life he had been leading appeared in a vicious development of his previously harmless conceit and egoism. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Henry Handel Richardson I’d sooner be hung than wear it, as long as THAT putty-faced Jane’s about!” said Peggy, and gave the slide such a vicious jerk that it fell to the floor. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry Adams For a vicious circle, its mathematical completeness approached perfection. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Oscar Wilde The vicious cruelty that marred the fine lines of the mouth had, no doubt, appeared at the very moment that the girl had drunk the poison, whatever it was. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Jeremy Bentham The phrase is, that the will of these persons concurs not with the act; that they have no vicious will; or, that they have not the free use of their will. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Edmund Burke When I was in France, I am certain that the number of vicious prelates was not great. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Outwardly I only thanked man, crying, “Thank you, thank you, Monsieur!” Monsieur curled his lip, gave me a vicious glance of the eye, and strode to his estrade. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Edith Wharton The night rushed in on a vicious wind. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

It hits out with such force and precision that a weaponless man who stands before the bird when it is angry and vicious is ridiculously overmatched. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

For thus indeed says Chrysippus, that the vicious wants but stands not in need; removing the common notions, like chessmen, backwards and forwards. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

George Eliot Again she felt that to keep the Government of Florence pure, and to keep out a vicious rule, was a sacred cause; the Frate was right there, and had carried her understanding irrevocably with him. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Already he had found what it was to be in the power of a vicious and greedy wretch. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Nationalistic loyalty towards the proletariat, and most vicious theoretical hatred of the bourgeoisie, can and often do co-exist with ordinary snobbishness in everyday life. Notes on Nationalism by George Orwell [1945]

He had a sly, vicious way of talking: ‘’Ere, George!’ (The chaps still called me George — I hadn’t got fat in those days. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Isabella Bird I cannot now recall having seen a vicious horse in seven months. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

George Gissing Naturally he hardened himself in vicious habits. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

He was so called from his gloomy misanthropical disposition, which led him into constant disparagements of all modern murders as vicious abortions, belonging to no authentic school of art. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

Olaf Stapledon In fact we’re in a vicious infinite regress. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon