Adjective "malicious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Characterized by malice; intending or intended to do harm.
  1. 'a hotbed of rumour and malicious chit-chat'
  2. 'Everything conspires to bring out the worst in him as he turns petty, malicious and vindictive.'
  3. 'The second is whether Jupiter's claim is malicious falsehood has any real prospect of success.'
  4. 'Every teacher ran the risk of being set up by malicious pupils, Mr Jackson said.'
  5. 'Final exams are the most evil, satanic, malicious event ever crafted by mankind.'
  6. 'The environment was defaced by graffiti and malicious damage that was seldom repaired.'
  7. 'All viruses are malicious, nasty little programs written by misguided people.'
  8. 'More info on the malicious script execution security flaw can be found here.'
  9. 'Computer viruses and other malicious code should then be less able to cause significant damage.'
  10. 'The villagers poison most people with malicious lies so I get little business.'
  11. 'The star was facing charges of assault and malicious damage, which were later dismissed.'


1. full of, characterized by, or showing malice; intentionally harmful; spiteful: malicious gossip.

2. Law. vicious, wanton, or mischievous in motivation or purpose.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be malicious towards things."

"remarks can be malicious to standings."

"people can be malicious to others."

"people can be malicious."

"falsehoods can be malicious."

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Middle English: from Old French malicios, from Latin malitiosus, from malitia (see malice).