malicious

[ muh-lish-uhs ]
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adjective
  1. full of, characterized by, or showing malice; intentionally harmful; spiteful: malicious gossip.

  2. Law. vicious, wanton, or mischievous in motivation or purpose.

Origin of malicious

1
First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English malicius, from Old French, from Latin malitiōsus; see malice, -ous

Other words from malicious

  • ma·li·cious·ly, adverb
  • ma·li·cious·ness, noun
  • non·ma·li·cious, adjective
  • non·ma·li·cious·ly, adverb
  • sem·i·ma·li·cious, adjective
  • sem·i·ma·li·cious·ly, adverb
  • un·ma·li·cious, adjective
  • un·ma·li·cious·ly, adverb

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How to use malicious in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for malicious

malicious

/ (məˈlɪʃəs) /


adjective
  1. characterized by malice

  2. motivated by wrongful, vicious, or mischievous purposes

Derived forms of malicious

  • maliciously, adverb
  • maliciousness, noun

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