Origin of malicious
Examples from the Web for malicious
"Malicious destruction of property" could probably be proved without Tiger's testimony.
Malicious Fate, too, they felt, would even crown with the grand prix the number they would have chosen.The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes|Israel Zangwill
Malicious tongues have whispered that he has painted her picture, that he has good-humouredly let her reap the honour of his toil.August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt|L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
“These two were name-brothers, and loved as though they were brothers by blood,” said Malicious Gossip.White Shadows in the South Seas|Frederick O'Brien
Malicious reports were also spread against them, which must have been almost harder to bear.A Book of Quaker Saints|Lucy Violet Hodgkin
Malicious fate does oft devise To beat the brave, and fool the wise.The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753)|Theophilus Cibber
British Dictionary definitions for malicious
Word Origin and History for malicious
early 13c., from Old French malicios "showing ill will, spiteful, wicked" (Modern French malicieux), from Latin malitiosus "wicked, malicious," from malitia "badness, ill will, spite," from malus "bad" (see mal-). In legal use (early 14c., Anglo-French), it means "characterized by malice prepense."