- The definition of malicious is showing spite or intentionally wanting to cause harm to someone.
An example of malicious is the sticking of a sharp object in the road so that a car's tires are destroyed.
Origin of maliciousMiddle English ; from Old French malicios ; from Classical Latin malitiosus ; from malitia: see malice
- Having the nature of or resulting from malice; deliberately harmful; spiteful: malicious gossip.
- Law Done with malice.
(comparative more malicious, superlative most malicious)
From Latin malitiosus, from malitia (“malice”), from malus (“bad”).