malicious

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English malicious, from Old French malicios, from Latin malitiōsus, from malitia (malice), from malus (bad). Displaced native Old English yfelwillende.

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  • enPR: məlĭsh'əs, IPA(key): /məˈlɪʃəs/
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malicious (comparative more malicious, superlative most malicious)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or as a result of malice or spite
  2. spiteful and deliberately harmful
    He was sent off for a malicious tackle on Jones.

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