Definition of malicious in English:

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malicious

Pronunciation: /məˈlɪʃəs/

adjective

Characterized by malice; intending or intended to do harm: he was found guilty of malicious damage a hotbed of rumour and malicious chit-chat 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, hostile, bitter, venomous, poisonous, evil-intentioned, ill-natured, evil, baleful, vindictive, vengeful, vitriolic, rancorous, malign, malignant, pernicious, mean, nasty, harmful, hurtful, mischievous, destructive, wounding, cruel, unkind, defamatory
informal bitchy, catty
literary malefic, maleficent

Derivatives

maliciousness

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.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French malicios, from Latin malitiosus, from malitia (see malice).

Words that rhyme with malicious

adventitious, Aloysius, ambitious, auspicious, avaricious, capricious, conspicuous, delicious, expeditious, factitious, fictitious, flagitious, judicious, lubricious, Mauritius, meretricious, nutritious, officious, pernicious, propitious, repetitious, seditious, siliceous, superstitious, suppositious, surreptitious, suspicious, vicious

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