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Meaning of MALICIOUS

Pronunciation:  mu'lishus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred; "a gossipy malevolent old woman"; "failure made him malevolent toward those who were successful"
  2. [adj]  having the nature of or resulting from malice; "malicious gossip"; "took malicious pleasure in...watching me wince"- Rudyard Kipling

MALICIOUS is a 9 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: beady-eyed, bitchy, cattish, catty, despiteful, leering, malevolent, poisonous, spiteful, venomed, venomous, vicious, vindictive, vixenish
 Antonyms: benevolent, good, unmalicious
 See Also: hateful, maleficent, malign



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ma*li"cious\, a. [Of. malicius, F. malicieux, fr. L.
malitiosus. See {Malice}.]
1. Indulging or exercising malice; harboring ill will or

         I grant him bloody, . . . Sudden, malicious,
         smacking of every sin That has a name. --Shak.

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 mischief} (Law), malicious injury to the property
   of another; -- an offense at common law. --Wharton.

{Malicious prosecution} or {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}, n.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: acrid, antagonistic, antipathetic, baleful, baneful, belligerent, bitchy, bitter, catty, caustic, clashing, colliding, conflicting, cussed, deleterious, despiteful, detrimental, envious, evil, full of hate, green, green-eyed, harmful, hateful, hostile, iniquitous, invidious, jealous, malefic, maleficent, malevolent, malign, malignant, mean, nasty, noxious, ornery, pernicious, petty, poisonous, poison-pen, quarrelsome, rancorous, repugnant, set against, sore, spiteful, venomous, vicious, virulent, vitriolic, wicked