vicious etymology

English word vicious comes from Proto-Indo-European *wi-tio-, Portuguese -oso (-ous, -y.)

Detailed word origin of vicious

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*wi-tio- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
-oso Portuguese (por) -ous, -y.
vitium Latin (lat) Crime. Fault, defect, blemish, error. Vice.
viço Portuguese (por) (dated) vice. Luxuriance, lushness. Vigour, flushness.
vitiosus Latin (lat) Full of faults or defects; faulty, defective, bad, corrupt. Morally faulty, wicked, depraved, vicious.
vicious Old French (fro) Defective; not capable of functioning. Vicious; malicious.
vicious Anglo-Norman (xno)
vicious English (eng) (archaic) Pertaining to vice; characterised by immorality or depravity.. Savage and aggressive.. Violent, destructive and cruel.

Words with the same origin as vicious

Descendants of *wi-tio-
vice