- full of, characterized by, or showing malice; intentionally harmful; spiteful: malicious gossip.
- Law. vicious, wanton, or mischievous in motivation or purpose.
Origin of malicious
Examples from the Web for malicious
"Malicious destruction of property" could probably be proved without Tiger's testimony.Was Tiger a Victim?
November 30, 2009
Malicious as it is intended to be, it is too trivial to be deceiving.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
Malicious gossip of this kind, however false, serves its end.The Liberation of Italy
Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
Malicious gossip that, and as unfounded no doubt as the rest.One Man in His Time
Malicious animal magnetism is the name by which Mrs. Eddy now calls her witchcraft.The Religio-Medical Masquerade
Frederick William Peabody
Malicious mischief could be atoned for only by blows and the shedding of blood.An Introduction to the Study of the Maya Hieroglyphs
Sylvanus Griswold Morley
- characterized by malice
- motivated by wrongful, vicious, or mischievous purposes
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."