[muh-lish-uh s]
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  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

1175–1225; Middle English malicius < Old French < Latin malitiōsus. See malice, -ous
Related formsma·li·cious·ly, adverbma·li·cious·ness, nounnon·ma·li·cious, adjectivenon·ma·li·cious·ly, adverbnon·ma·li·cious·ness, nounsem·i·ma·li·cious, adjectivesem·i·ma·li·cious·ly, adverbsem·i·ma·li·cious·ness, nounun·ma·li·cious, adjectiveun·ma·li·cious·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for maliciously


  1. characterized by malice
  2. motivated by wrongful, vicious, or mischievous purposes
Derived Formsmaliciously, adverbmaliciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for maliciously

late 14c., from malicious + -ly (2).



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."

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