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[muh-lish-uh s] /məˈlɪʃ əs/
full of, characterized by, or showing malice; intentionally harmful; spiteful:
malicious gossip.
Law. vicious, wanton, or mischievous in motivation or purpose.
Origin of malicious
1175-1225; Middle English malicius < Old French < Latin malitiōsus. See malice, -ous
Related forms
maliciously, adverb
maliciousness, noun
nonmalicious, adjective
nonmaliciously, adverb
nonmaliciousness, noun
semimalicious, adjective
semimaliciously, adverb
semimaliciousness, noun
unmalicious, adjective
unmaliciously, adverb Unabridged
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  • The maliciousness intensifies during stringent fiscal times.
  • People can forgive what is done out of ignorance, but not what is done out of maliciousness.
  • They also share a real streak of maliciousness in their political thinking.
  • The increasing sophistication and maliciousness of cyber security threats creates unique challenges.
  • Mere failure to pay over money received from sale of secured property does not show willfulness or maliciousness.
  • They do that without maliciousness these are not bad people, but they are people.
  • Can the maliciousness and untruth of the complaint be established beyond a reasonable.
British Dictionary definitions for maliciousness


characterized by malice
motivated by wrongful, vicious, or mischievous purposes
Derived Forms
maliciously, adverb
maliciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for maliciousness

mid-15c., from malicious + -ness.



early 13c., from Old French malicios "showing ill will, spiteful, wicked" (Modern French malicieux), from Latin malitiosus "wicked, malicious," from malitia "badness, ill will, spite," from malus "bad" (see mal-). In legal use (early 14c., Anglo-French), it means "characterized by malice prepense."

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