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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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British Dictionary definitions for un malicious

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 un malicious

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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