malicious

[ muh-lish-uhs ]
/ məˈlɪʃ əs /

adjective

full of, characterized by, or showing malice; intentionally harmful; spiteful: malicious gossip.
Law. vicious, wanton, or mischievous in motivation or purpose.

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Origin of malicious

1175–1225; Middle English malicius<Old French <Latin malitiōsus.See malice, -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for malicious

malicious
/ (məˈlɪʃəs) /

adjective

characterized by malice
motivated by wrongful, vicious, or mischievous purposes

Derived forms of malicious

maliciously, adverbmaliciousness, noun
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