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adjective

Intensely poisonous; in medicine, highly infective, as in a virulent disease; also, spitefully hostile.

Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country—and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.

—Charles Krauthammer Chicago Tribune, October 28, 1994

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