Word Origin See more synonyms for malicious on Thesaurus.com full of, characterized by, or showing malice; intentionally harmful; spiteful: malicious gossip. . Law vicious, wanton, or mischievous in motivation or purpose. Origin of malicious 1175–1225; Middle English malicius
-ous Related forms ma·li·cious·ly, adverb ma·li·cious·ness, noun non·ma·li·cious, adjective non·ma·li·cious·ly, adverb non·ma·li·cious·ness, noun sem·i·ma·li·cious, adjective sem·i·ma·li·cious·ly, adverb sem·i·ma·li·cious·ness, noun un·ma·li·cious, adjective un·ma·li·cious·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for maliciousness characterized by malice motivated by wrongful, vicious, or mischievous purposes Derived Forms maliciously, adverb maliciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for maliciousness malicious adj.
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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