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Word: Virulent

Virulent (Adjective)

Sentence with Context:

South Korea’s sense of urgency was driven in part by recent firsthand experience of how virulent coronaviruses can be due to an outbreak of Mers in 2015 and the 2002-03 Sars epidemic, which also affected Taiwan, Hong Kong and others in the region.

Source: www.theguardian.com

Of course, he is familiar with the recent Windrush scandal, in which black British citizens were wrongfully detained and deported to Jamaica by the UK Home Office. “It felt very, very British,” he says. “It was disgusting and enraging. For me, it went right to the centre of the British relationship with people of colour and the historical violations that have been visited on them. They manifest slightly differently but British racism is every bit as virulent and violent as American racism.”

Source: www.theguardian.com

Meaning: Extremely harmful disease or poison; Bitterly hostile

Synonyms

Poisonous, Toxic, Venomous, Noxious, Deadly, Lethal, Fatal, Mortal, Terminal, Dangerous, Mortal, Life-threatening, Pernicious, Nocuous, Baneful, Mephitic, Vitriolic, Maliciois, Malevolent

Antonyms

Harmless, Safe, Benevolent, Amicable

Mnemonic (Memory Aid): How To Remember?

The word “Viru-lent” should remind you of deadly viruses such as the coronaviruses. Such virulent viruses are extremely deadly just like the virulent people who would not think twice before harming you. Remember thus.

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