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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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Examples from the web for maliciously
  • And all the while, both she and her husband are subjected to maliciously false gossip online.
  • We don't restrict the use of automobiles from our roads simply because they have been used to maliciously harm individuals.
  • He intimates that his motive for breaking the font had been maliciously represented by his enemies.
  • He should be shunned as being maliciously derogatory.
  • But it does mean they are trying to silence debate, whether maliciously or not.
  • Bill never uses them maliciously, always for good, or simply to amaze and amuse.
  • Many of my e-mails have been maliciously taken out of context.
  • To act maliciously means to act intentionally without justification.
British Dictionary definitions for maliciously


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 maliciously

late 14c., from malicious + -ly (2).



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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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