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Webster 1913 Edition


Malicious

Ma-li′cious

,
Adj.
[Of.
malicius
, F.
malicieux
, fr. L.
malitiosus
. See
Malice
.]
1.
Indulging or exercising malice; harboring ill will or enmity.
I grant him bloody, . . .
Sudden,
malicious
, smacking of every sin
That has a name.
Shakespeare
2.
Proceeding from hatred or ill will; dictated by malice;
as, a
malicious
report;
malicious
mischief.
3.
(Law)
With wicked or mischievous intentions or motives; wrongful and done intentionally without just cause or excuse;
as, a
malicious
act
.
Malicious abandonment
,
the desertion of a wife or husband without just cause.
Burrill.
Malicious prosecution
or
Malicious arrest
(Law)
,
a wanton prosecution or arrest, by regular process in a civil or criminal proceeding, without probable cause.
Bouvier.
Syn. – Ill-disposed; evil-minded; mischievous; envious; malevolent; invidious; spiteful; bitter; malignant; rancorous; malign.
Ma-li′cious-ly
,
adv.
Ma-li′cious-ness
,
Noun.

Webster 1828 Edition


Malicious

MALI'CIOUS

,
Adj.
Harboring ill will or enmity without provocation; malevolent in the extreme; malignant in heart.
I grant him bloody,
Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin
That has a name.
1.
Proceeding from extreme hatred or ill will; dictated by malice; as a malicious report.

Definition 2022


malicious

malicious

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Adjective

malicious (comparative more malicious, superlative most malicious)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or as a result of malice or spite
  2. spiteful and deliberately harmful
    He was sent off for a malicious tackle on Jones.

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