[muh-lish-uh s]


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

Nearby words

  1. malibu board,
  2. malic,
  3. malic acid,
  4. malice,
  5. malice aforethought,
  6. malicious mischief,
  7. maliciously,
  8. maliciousness,
  9. malign,
  10. malignancy

Origin of malicious

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

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for unmalicious



characterized by malice
motivated by wrongful, vicious, or mischievous purposes
Derived Formsmaliciously, adverbmaliciousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for unmalicious



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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