Definition of malicious in English:



  • Characterized by malice; intending or intended to do harm.

    ‘he was found guilty of malicious damage’
    ‘a hotbed of rumour and malicious chit-chat’
    ‘the transmission of malicious software such as computer viruses’
    • ‘The environment was defaced by graffiti and malicious damage that was seldom repaired.’
    • ‘Atkinson pleaded not guilty to malicious wounding but admitted unlawful wounding.’
    • ‘Final exams are the most evil, satanic, malicious event ever crafted by mankind.’
    • ‘They were accused of lying out of a malicious desire to see the appellants convicted.’
    • ‘To refuse to set aside the statutory demand in the circumstances was not biased or malicious.’
    • ‘Every teacher ran the risk of being set up by malicious pupils, Mr Jackson said.’
    • ‘She said they would be charged with breach of the peace and malicious damage offences.’
    • ‘Lord Steyn was contrasting damages for malicious falsehood with damages for libel.’
    • ‘Everything conspires to bring out the worst in him as he turns petty, malicious and vindictive.’
    • ‘The star was facing charges of assault and malicious damage, which were later dismissed.’
    • ‘It is the most malicious piece of legislation ever placed on a statute book and it has no place in a civilised country.’
    • ‘Two people are facing possible prosecutions for malicious or criminal damage.’
    • ‘The second is whether Jupiter's claim is malicious falsehood has any real prospect of success.’
    • ‘The villagers poison most people with malicious lies so I get little business.’
    • ‘The Americans are worried that they'll be the victim of spurious or malicious prosecutions.’
    • ‘There was in fact no evidence of malicious attack by any third party, let alone the claimant.’
    • ‘Computer viruses and other malicious code should then be less able to cause significant damage.’
    • ‘Lucy was brutally taken from us in a malicious, callous and evil way leaving a gap in our lives never to be filled.’
    • ‘More info on the malicious script execution security flaw can be found here.’
    • ‘All viruses are malicious, nasty little programs written by misguided people.’
    spiteful, malevolent, hostile, bitter, venomous, poisonous, evil-intentioned, ill-natured, evil, baleful, vindictive, vengeful, vitriolic, rancorous, malign, malignant, pernicious, mean, nasty, harmful, hurtful, mischievous, destructive, wounding, cruel, unkind, defamatory
    bitchy, catty
    malefic, maleficent
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Middle English: from Old French malicios, from Latin malitiosus, from malitia (see malice).