from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having the nature of or resulting from malice; deliberately harmful; spiteful: malicious gossip.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or as a result of malice or spite
- adj. Deliberately harmful; spiteful
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Indulging or exercising malice; harboring ill will or enmity.
- adj. Proceeding from hatred or ill will; dictated by malice
- adj. With wicked or mischievous intentions or motives; wrongful and done intentionally without just cause or excuse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Indulging in or feeling malice; harboring ill-will, enmity, or hostility; actively malevolent; malignant in heart: often used in a lighter sense, implying mischievousness with some ill-will.
- Proceeding from extreme hatred or ill-will; dictated by malice: as, a malicious report.
- The committing of physical injury to personal property of another; injury to property, from wantonness or malice, as distinguished from theft.
- An action brought by the sufferer to recover damages from the person who set on foot such a prosecution.
- Synonyms Evil-minded, ill-disposed, spiteful, resentful. See animosity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having the nature of or resulting from malice
From Latin malitiosus, from malitia ("malice"), from malus ("bad"). (Wiktionary)