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[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.
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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
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Related Words for unmalicious

gullible, ignorant, innocuous, childlike, wide-eyed, square, simple, frank, safe, raw, open, artless, credulous, fresh, guileless, inexperienced, ingenuous, inoffensive, soft, unacquainted

British Dictionary definitions for unmalicious


  1. characterized by malice
  2. motivated by wrongful, vicious, or mischievous purposes
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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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