Malicious meaning

mə-lĭshəs
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.

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Spiteful and deliberately harmful.

He was sent off for a malicious tackle on Jones.

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Having the nature of or resulting from malice; deliberately harmful; spiteful.

Malicious gossip.

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(law) Done with malice.
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Having, showing, or caused by malice; spiteful; intentionally mischievous or harmful.
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Of, pertaining to, or as a result of malice or spite.
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Origin of malicious

  • From Latin malitiosus, from malitia (“malice"), from malus (“bad").

    From Wiktionary