What does malicious mean?

Definitions for malicious
məˈlɪʃ əsma·li·cious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. maliciousadjective

    having the nature of or resulting from malice

    "malicious gossip"; "took malicious pleasure in...watching me wince"- Rudyard Kipling


  1. maliciousadjective

    Of, pertaining to, or as a result of malice or spite

  2. maliciousadjective

    Deliberately harmful; spiteful

    He was sent off for a malicious tackle on Jones.

  3. Etymology: From malitiosus, from malitia, from malus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Maliciousadjective

    Ill-disposed to any one; intending ill; malignant.

    Etymology: malicieux, French; malitiosus, Latin.

    We must not stint
    Our necessary actions in the fear
    To cope malicious censurers; which ever,
    As rav’nous fishes do a vessel follow
    That is new trimm’d. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    I grant him bloody,
    Sudden, malicious, smacking of ev’ry sin
    That has a name. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Stand up, O Lord, and be not merciful unto them that offend of malicious wickedness. Psal. lix. 5.

    Thou know’st what malicious foe,
    Envying our happiness, and of his own
    Despairing, seeks to work us woe and shame. John Milton.

    The air appearing so malicious in this morbifick conspiracy, exacts a more particular regard. Gideon Harvey, on Consumptions.


  1. malicious

    Malicious refers to an action, behavior, or intent that is intentionally harmful or damaging. It often involves deliberate attempts to cause pain, injury, damage, or disruption. It can also refer to software or activities designed to cause harm to a computer, server, client, or network, commonly known as malicious software or "malware."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maliciousadjective

    indulging or exercising malice; harboring ill will or enmity

  2. Maliciousadjective

    proceeding from hatred or ill will; dictated by malice; as, a malicious report; malicious mischief

  3. Maliciousadjective

    with wicked or mischievous intentions or motives; wrongful and done intentionally without just cause or excuse; as, a malicious act


  1. Malicious

    Malicious is a 1996 American thriller film starring Molly Ringwald and Patrick McGaw. The plot follows a star college baseball player who has a fling with a disturbed woman who begins to stalk him. The film's main character has been discussed by psychiatrists and film experts, and has been used as a film illustration for the psychiatric entity known as borderline personality disorder.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of malicious in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of malicious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of malicious in a Sentence

  1. James Clapper:

    Such malicious cyber activity will continue and probably accelerate until we establish and demonstrate the capability to deter malicious state-sponsored cyber activity.

  2. Momo Inc:

    Mr. Tang has informed us that he believes the allegations are malicious and intends to vigorously defend himself against them.

  3. Albert Einstein:

    The Lord God is subtle, but malicious He is not.

  4. Federal Bureau of Investigation:

    The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a spike in businesses teleworking to communicate and share information over the internet, with this knowledge, malicious cyber actors are looking for ways to exploit telework software vulnerabilities in order to obtain sensitive information, eavesdrop on conference calls or virtual meetings, or conduct other malicious activities.

  5. lot chakonza:

    If a man becomes too ambitious, considering material possessions,yet with a little moral elevation and understanding,he is more likely to become malicious.

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