malicious

  • 1 malicious — ma‧li‧cious [məˈlɪʆəs] adjective LAW deliberate and intended to harm or hurt someone: • Time Warner sued the company for $100 million, charging willful, wanton and malicious breach of contract. • You may not be insured for malicious damage by a… …

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  • 2 Malicious — may refer to: Contents 1 Films 2 Games 3 Thoroughbred race horses …

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  • 3 malicious — ma·li·cious /mə li shəs/ adj: given to, marked by, or arising from malice malicious destruction of property ma·li·cious·ly adv ma·li·cious·ness n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

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  • 4 Malicious — Ma*li cious, a. [Of. malicius, F. malicieux, fr. L. malitiosus. See {Malice}.] 1. Indulging or exercising malice; harboring ill will or enmity. [1913 Webster] I grant him bloody, . . . Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin That has a name.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 malicious — malicious, malevolent, malignant, malign, spiteful arecomparable when they mean disposed to do or to inflict evil or resulting from a disposition to do or to inflict evil. A person or thing is malicious that is motivated or dictated by hatred or… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 malicious — malicious, malign, malignant, malevolent 1. All four words are connected with doing harm or evil (from Latin malus), but there are important differences. Malicious means ‘intending to do harm’ and is associated with people (or occasionally… …

    Modern English usage

  • 7 malicious — (adj.) early 13c., from O.Fr. malicios showing ill will, spiteful, wicked (Mod.Fr. malicieux), from L. malitiosus wicked, malicious, from malitia badness, ill will, spite, from malus bad (see MAL (Cf. mal )). In legal use (early 14c., Anglo… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 malicious — [adj] hateful awful, bad natured, baleful, beastly, bitter, catty*, cussed, deleterious, despiteful, detrimental, envious, evil, evil minded, green*, green eyed*, gross*, illdisposed, injurious, jealous, low, malevolent, malign, malignant, mean,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 malicious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ characterized by malice; intending or intended to do harm. DERIVATIVES maliciously adverb maliciousness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 malicious — [mə lish′əs] adj. [ME < OFr malicios < L malitiosus < malitia: see MALICE] having, showing, or caused by malice; spiteful; intentionally mischievous or harmful maliciously adv. maliciousness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 11 malicious — /mslishas/ Characterized by, or involving, malice; having, or done with, wicked, evil or mischievous intentions or motives; wrongful and done intentionally without just cause or excuse or as a result of ill will. See also malice willful @… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 12 malicious — /mslishas/ Characterized by, or involving, malice; having, or done with, wicked, evil or mischievous intentions or motives; wrongful and done intentionally without just cause or excuse or as a result of ill will. See also malice willful @… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 13 malicious — ma|li|cious [məˈlıʃəs] adj very unkind and cruel, and deliberately behaving in a way that is likely to upset or hurt someone ▪ a spiteful and malicious girl malicious gossip/rumour ▪ I think I know who is responsible for these malicious rumours.… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 malicious — [[t]məlɪ̱ʃəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe someone s words or actions as malicious, you mean that they are intended to harm people or their reputation, or cause them embarrassment and upset. That might merely have been malicious gossip... She… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 malicious — /məˈlɪʃəs/ (say muh lishuhs) adjective 1. full of, characterised by, or showing malice; malevolent. 2. Law motivated by vicious, wanton, or mischievous purposes, as in malicious arrest, malicious injuries to persons or property, malicious… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 malicious —   See malevolent.    ♦ Malicious gossip, lawena ōlelo hō ino, haku epa, ni a, io iolepo.    ♦ Malicious burning, puhi mana o ino.    ♦ Malicious injury, hana ino ma ke ano kolohe …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 17 malicious — adj. VERBS ▪ be ADVERB ▪ rather ▪ He gave a rather malicious smile at her furious expression. Malicious is used with these nouns: ↑allegation, ↑code, ↑ …

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  • 18 malicious — adj. malicious towards * * * [mə lɪʃəs] malicious towards …

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  • 19 malicious — adjective Date: 13th century given to, marked by, or arising from malice < malicious gossip > • maliciously adverb • maliciousness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 malicious — maliciously, adv. maliciousness, n. /meuh lish euhs/, adj. 1. full of, characterized by, or showing malice; malevolent; spiteful: malicious gossip. 2. Law. vicious, wanton, or mischievous in motivation or purpose. [1175 1225; ME malicius < OF < L …

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