malicious

[ muh-lish-uh s ]SEE DEFINITION OF malicious
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Malicious as it is intended to be, it is too trivial to be deceiving.

Malicious gossip of this kind, however false, serves its end.

Malicious gossip that, and as unfounded no doubt as the rest.

Malicious animal magnetism is the name by which Mrs. Eddy now calls her witchcraft.

Malicious mischief could be atoned for only by blows and the shedding of blood.

Malicious desertion for at least one year, provided the absentee has left the Kingdom.

Malicious people were believed to possess the power of doing harm by merely looking upon those whom they wished to injure.

The different varieties of the offence are specified in the Malicious Damage Act 1861.

Malicious tongues went so far as to assert that he secretly and stealthily sold his handiwork.

Malicious injury to other animals is a misdemeanour punishable on summary conviction.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., from Old French malicios "showing ill will, spiteful, wicked" (Modern French malicieux), from Latin malitiosus "wicked, malicious," from malitia "badness, ill will, spite," from malus "bad" (see mal-). In legal use (early 14c., Anglo-French), it means "characterized by malice prepense."

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