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    Word "virulence"

    I have tried to use "virulence" in my sentences, meaning hatred. I am not sure if my sentences sound natural, or if I "virulence" can be used in these sentence. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    Some months before the war in Bosnia broke out, you could feel virulence in the air. It came up in speeches, news, discussions between colleagues and friends, in sports competitions, in arguments between couples, and other situations where people from different nations came in contact with each others.

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    Re: Word "virulence"

    virulence is not synonymous with hatred.

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    Re: Word "virulence"

    Longman dictonary says: "virulent, formal full of hatred for something, or expressing this in a strong way."

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    Re: Word "virulence"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Longman dictonary says: "virulent, formal full of hatred for something, or expressing this in a strong way."
    I'm just saying that I don't think that's a good way to explain it. If you consider the examples of usage, then you get a better sense of the word than considering just the definition. Remember that virulent is very basically related to virus.

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    Re: Word "virulence"

    I am wondering if my sentences make sense in English as they are.

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    Re: Word "virulence"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Some months before the war in Bosnia broke out, you could feel virulence in the air. It came up in speeches, news, discussions between colleagues and friends, in sports competitions, in arguments between couples, and other situations where people from different nations came in contact with each others.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I am wondering if my sentences make sense in English as they are.
    Not as written. Write virulent hatred​ instead of "virulence" and they're understandable.
    I am not a teacher.

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