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malicious

[muh-lish-uh s] /məˈlɪʃ əs/
adjective
1.
full of, characterized by, or showing malice; malevolent; spiteful:
malicious gossip.
2.
Law. vicious, wanton, or mischievous in motivation or purpose.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English malicius < Old French < Latin malitiōsus. See malice, -ous
Related forms
maliciously, adverb
maliciousness, noun
nonmalicious, adjective
nonmaliciously, adverb
nonmaliciousness, noun
quasi-malicious, adjective
quasi-maliciously, adverb
semimalicious, adjective
semimaliciously, adverb
semimaliciousness, noun
unmalicious, adjective
unmaliciously, adverb
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Examples from the web for maliciousness
  • 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

malicious

/məˈlɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
characterized by malice
2.
motivated by wrongful, vicious, or mischievous purposes
Derived Forms
maliciously, adverb
maliciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for maliciousness
n.

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

malicious

adj.

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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