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[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"
[adj] having the nature of or resulting from malice; "malicious gossip"; "took malicious pleasure in...watching me wince"- Rudyard Kipling


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hateful, maleficent, malign

Misc. Definitions

\Ma*li"cious\, a. [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. --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.

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