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malicious

Syllabification: ma·li·cious
Pronunciation: /məˈliSHəs
 
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Definition of malicious in English:

adjective

Characterized by malice; intending or intended to do harm: malicious destruction of property the transmission of malicious software such as computer viruses
More example sentences
  • Lord Steyn was contrasting damages for malicious falsehood with damages for libel.
  • There was in fact no evidence of malicious attack by any third party, let alone the claimant.
  • Atkinson pleaded not guilty to malicious wounding but admitted unlawful wounding.
Synonyms
spiteful, malevolent, evil-intentioned, vindictive, vengeful, malign, mean, nasty, hurtful, mischievous, wounding, cruel, unkind
informal bitchy, catty
literary malefic, maleficent

Origin

Middle English (also in the sense 'wicked'): from Old French malicios, from Latin malitiosus, from malitia (see malice).

Derivatives

maliciously

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • In addition, the plaintiff complains that the defendant has maliciously damaged her car by scratching the paintwork.
  • It may be evidence, however, that the defendant is acting maliciously.
  • The word ‘wrongfully’ in such a case is here construed to mean knowingly rather than maliciously.

maliciousness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • The plaintiff claims that the lack of disclosure demonstrates maliciousness on the part of the investigative and prosecutorial defendants.
  • Their eyes were judging, almost cruel, with a hint of maliciousness.
  • Through carelessness or maliciousness, many of Australia's bushfires are caused by humans.

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