Definition of


  1. (adj, all) having the nature of or resulting from malice
    took malicious pleasure in...watching me wince

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Alternate forms of Malicious

Derivations: malice, maliciousness

Origin of the word Malicious

  1. early 13c., from O.Fr. malicius "showing ill will," from L. malitiosus "wicked, malicious," from malitia "badness, ill will, spite," from malus "bad" (see mal-). In legal use (early 14c., Anglo-Fr.), it means "characterized by malice prepense." Related: Maliciously; maliciousness. more

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