Malicious



[muh-lish-uh s] /məˈlɪʃ əs/

adjective
1.
full of, characterized by, or showing ; intentionally harmful; spiteful:
malicious gossip.
2.
Law. vicious, wanton, or mischievous in motivation or purpose.
/məˈlɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
characterized by malice
2.
motivated by wrongful, vicious, or mischievous purposes
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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