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malicious adj
1 having the nature of or resulting from malice; "malicious gossip"; "took malicious pleasure in...watching me wince"- Rudyard Kipling [ant: unmalicious]
2 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" [syn: malevolent] [ant: benevolent]

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From malitiosus, from malitia meaning "malice", from malus meaning "bad"


  1. Of, pertaining to, or as a result of malice or spite
  2. Deliberately harmful; spiteful


Of, pertaining to, or as a result of malice or spite
Deliberately harmful; spiteful

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