[muh-lish-uh s] /məˈlɪʃ əs/
full of, characterized by, or showing ; intentionally harmful; spiteful:
Law. vicious, wanton, or mischievous in motivation or purpose.
characterized by malice
motivated by wrongful, vicious, or mischievous purposes
mid-15c., from malicious + -ness.
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.”
noun 1. willful destruction of personal property motivated by ill will or resentment toward its owner or possessor.
- Mali empire
Mali empire [(mah-lee)] A huge territorial empire that flourished in west Africa during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Its capital was Timbuktu, which became a center of Islamic learning (see Islam). The empire controlled trade routes that stretched from the edge of the Sahara in the north to forests in the south and that carried […]
[muh-lahyn] /məˈlaɪn/ verb (used with object) 1. to speak harmful untruths about; speak evil of; slander; defame: to malign an honorable man. adjective 2. evil in effect; pernicious; baleful; injurious: The gloomy house had a malign influence upon her usually good mood. 3. having or showing an evil disposition; malevolent; malicious. /məˈlaɪn/ adjective 1. evil […]
[muh-lig-nuh n-see] /məˈlɪg nən si/ noun, plural malignancies for 2, 3. 1. the quality or condition of being . 2. malignant character, behavior, action, or the like: the malignancies of war. 3. a malignant tumor. /məˈlɪɡnənsɪ/ noun (pl) -cies 1. the state or quality of being malignant 2. (pathol) a cancerous growth n. c.1600, “malignant […]