Origin of maliciousMiddle English from Old French malicios from Classical Latin malitiosus from malitia: see malice
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.
- Having the nature of or resulting from malice; deliberately harmful; spiteful: malicious gossip.
- Law Done with malice.
(comparative more malicious, superlative most malicious)
- One of the principal grounds for an absolute divorce is malicious desertion.
- Fascists can counter the malicious propaganda to destroy friendly relations with Germany by using this fact.
- They are malicious gossip, greed of money, giving security, nocturnal robbery, murder, unchastity.
- He took a sort of malicious pleasure in irritating the monks.
- This led to the circulation of malicious stories to the effect that Great Britain was not doing her share, and that she was preserving her soldiers at the expense of those furnished from overseas.