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n.s. [from virulent.] Mental poison; malignity, acrimony of temper; bitterness.

Disputes in religion are managed with virulency and bitterness. Decay of Piety.

It instils into their minds the utmost virulence, instead of that charity which is the perfection and ornament of religion. Addison.

The whigs might easily have maintained a majority among the clergy, if they had not too much encouraged this intemperance of speech, and virulence of pen in the most prostitute of their party. Swift.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Allestree, Richard (89) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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