maliciousness


maliciousness

adjective

  1. full of, characterized by, or showing malice; intentionally harmful; spiteful: malicious gossip.
  2. Law. vicious, wanton, or mischievous in motivation or purpose.

adjective

  1. characterized by malice
  2. motivated by wrongful, vicious, or mischievous purposes

n.mid-15c., from malicious + -ness. adj.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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