Phrases with "vicious"

The horse he drove was the same vicious animal about which Mrs. Crimsworth had expressed her fears the night before. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

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]

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

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

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

George Borrow Their pupils, in after life, are seldom vicious and licentious characters, and are in general men of learning, science, and possessed of every elegant accomplishment. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

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

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

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

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]

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]

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]

Wilkie Collins Everybody disliked Septimus Notman. He was said to be mad; to be a liar, a hypocrite, a vicious wretch, and a disagreeable brute. The Devil’s Spectacles by Wilkie Collins [1879]

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]

The charges of self-contradiction, where they do not rest on purely verbal reasoning, rest on a vicious intellectualism. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

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

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

Sigmund Freud I have my faults and vicious tendencies; awake I try to fight against them, and often enough I do not succumb to them. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

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]

A moment later, however, he could with difficulty suppress a vicious scowl as he saw Larose take out a cigarette and proceed to light it with a wax vesta which he abstracted from a gold match-box. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

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

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]

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

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Yet about his thick mouth there was a new and vicious strength; his watery eyes gleamed. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

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]

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]

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]

It was all a curious, vicious inversion. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

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]

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

Andrew Lang If we deduce that his mother was the opium-eater, prematurely aged, who had transmitted her vicious propensity to her child, we shall almost certainly be right. The Puzzle of Dickens’s Last Plot by Andrew Lang

In one of James Hogg’s short novels a vicious man is haunted on his death-bed by the specters of little ones dead because of him, but they are nameless and indistinguishable. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

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]

Rudyard Kipling Johnson said: “He was a vicious man,”’ I began. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

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]

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

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]

Rudyard Kipling The horseman delivered one last vicious cut with his whip and came on at a canter. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

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]

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

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

Sinclair Lewis Bill popped out of bed with what he regarded as a vicious fighting-crouch. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

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

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]

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

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]

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]

Rafael Sabatini Swift and silent as a shadow, he crossed to where a curtain masked an alcove, and there he hid himself, prayers on his lips and a knife in his hand, desperate and vicious as a cornered rat. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

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

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

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]

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]

With regard to the second class of causes producing diseases, he attributed many disorders to a vicious system of diet, for excessive and defective diet he considered to be equally injurious. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

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

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle Half of them were negroes — fine, muscular men, with the limbs of a jet Hercules; and the other half were Baggara Arabs — small, brown, and wiry, with little, vicious eyes, and thin, cruel lips. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

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

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

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

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

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]

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

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

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

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]

Arthur Machen I am afraid I should not admire its literature very much, for Sala, the chief contributor, had already acquired those vicious mannerisms which pleased the injudicious. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

John Morley The only time when he was really angry with Hannah More was on his finding that she had read Tom Jones—that vicious book, he called it; he hardly knew a more corrupt work. Burke by John Morley [1879]

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]

There was the throb as of many drums in it, a vicious rushing note, and like the chant of a tramping multitude. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

D. H. Lawrence It was that kangarooish clownishness that made a vicious kind of hate spring into Somers’ face. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

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]

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

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]

In these infant schools a child was early taught the mystery of its relation to society; all its good dispositions and propensities were encouraged and developed, and its vicious ones were repressed. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

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]

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]

John Hill Burton To prove that the immoral action is a miscalculation of self-interest — to show how erroneous an estimate the vicious man makes of pains and pleasures, is the purpose of the intelligent moralist. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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]

To teach philosophy so that the pupils’ interest in technique exceeds that in results is surely a vicious aberration. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Sinclair Lewis They were not so vulgar nor so vicious as at first they seemed. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

In the distribution of the soil among the Conquerors, Cortes adopted the vicious system of repartimientos, universally practised among his countrymen. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

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]

I regard both with so supreme an indifference, that I believe I am vicious or virtuous unawares. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

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]

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]

Thomas Hardy Here he sat more or less all the day, convinced that he was at bottom a vicious character, of whom it was hopeless to expect anything. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

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

Sir Richard Burton And presently, for his sadness and, sorrowing because of his son’s vicious indolence, the tailor sickened and died. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

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

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]

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]

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

Arthur Conan Doyle One could imagine that vile mouth champing and foaming in its rage, and one could conceive those small, vicious eyes darting pure malignancy as they looked forth upon the world. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

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

Anthony Trollope The corns of his Old World conservatism will be trampled on hourly by the purposely vicious herd of uncouth democracy. North America by Anthony Trollope

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

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

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]

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]

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

D. H. Lawrence Then suddenly she broke out, vicious and cold: “He’ll go on till he’s killed himself, and then he’ll know. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

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]

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

Arnold Bennett A ragged boy’s small form had appeared silently behind Jules, and two small arms with a vicious shove precipitated him into the water. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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

A half-dozen hasty shots were fired at him, and the foremost man — a fellow of heroic stature, hatless and bare-breasted — made a vicious sweep at his head with a clubbed rifle. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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]

David Hume But when he bestows on any man the epithets of vicious or odious or depraved, he then speaks another language, and expresses sentiments, in which he expects all his audience are to concur with him. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Mrs Creevy was a woman somewhere in her forties, lean, hard, and angular, with abrupt decided movements that indicated a strong will and probably a vicious temper. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

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]

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

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]

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]

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

Sinclair Lewis Their quarrels always went the same course and always wound up in the same accusations, dreary as slate and vicious as secret poison. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James She’s immeasurably proud, and if that is often a fault in a virtuous person, it may be a merit in a vicious one. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

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]

John Galsworthy He was not a vicious young man. Over the River by John Galsworthy

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

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]

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

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]

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

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

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

Edith Wharton What turned me sick was their expression of vicious security. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

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]

Wilkie Collins We heard of him, leading a wild life, among a vicious set of men. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

E. Phillips Oppenheim From behind the carriage a dark form had sprung up and made a vicious blow with some shortly held swinging weapon at the place where Mannister’s head had been. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

John Galsworthy He was not vicious nor particularly extravagant — but what, after all, was money? Besides, to live on the edge of Fortune was the only way to show that one could rise above it. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

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

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

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]

He had merely shown that he would be vicious if he knew how. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

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 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]

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

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

H. G. Wells And he got really vicious on the subject of Cook. “‘At present,’ said his lordship, ‘all discussion is in abeyance. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

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]

John Stuart Mill There could be no need any longer of laws to curb men's vicious propensities. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

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]

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

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

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

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

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

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]

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

So she dwells in a vicious circle, and waits, and mostly forgets, and is mostly happy. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

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]

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]

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]

H. G. Wells All its dissevered limbs continued to lash and writhe in a vicious manner. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

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]

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]

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

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

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

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]

Leon Trotsky Czernin’s expression was a combination of embarrassment and a sort of vicious rejoicing. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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]

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

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

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]