Malicious

Ma*li"cious

(?), a. [Of. malicius, F. malicieux, fr. L. malitiosus. See Malice.] 1. Indulging or exercising malice; harboring ill will or enmity.
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I grant him bloody, . . .
Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin
That has a name.
Shak.
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2. Proceeding from hatred or ill will; dictated by malice; as, a malicious report; malicious mischief.
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3. (Law) With wicked or mischievous intentions or motives; wrongful and done intentionally without just cause or excuse; as, a malicious act.
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Malicious abandonment, the desertion of a wife or husband without just cause. Burrill. -- Malicious prosecution or Malicious arrest (Law), a wanton prosecution or arrest, by regular process in a civil or criminal proceeding, without probable cause. Bouvier.
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Syn. -- Ill-disposed; evil-minded; mischievous; envious; malevolent; invidious; spiteful; bitter; malignant; rancorous; malign.
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-- Ma*li"cious*ly, adv. -- Ma*li"cious*ness, n.
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