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 maliciusRelated 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
< Old French
< Latin malitiōsus.
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Related Words for unmaliciousgullible
British Dictionary definitions for unmalicious
Derived Formsmaliciously, adverbmaliciousness, noun
characterized by malice
motivated by wrongful, vicious, or mischievous purposes
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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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