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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Malicious  \Ma*li"cious\,  a.  [Of.  malicius  F.  malicieux  fr  L. 
  malitiosus  See  {Malice}.] 
  1.  Indulging  or  exercising  malice;  harboring  ill  will  or 
  I  grant  him  bloody,  .  .  .  Sudden,  malicious, 
  smacking  of  every  sin  That  has  a  name  --Shak. 
  2.  Proceeding  from  hatred  or  ill  will  dictated  by  malice; 
  as  a  malicious  report;  malicious  mischief. 
  3.  (Law)With  wicked  or  mischievous  intentions  or  motives; 
  wrongful  and  done  intentionally  without  just  cause  or 
  excuse;  as  a  malicious  act 
  {Malicious  abandonment},  the  desertion  of  a  wife  or  husband 
  without  just  cause  --Burrill. 
  {Malicious  mischief}  (Law),  malicious  injury  to  the  property 
  of  another;  --  an  offense  at  common  law.  --Wharton. 
  {Malicious  prosecution}  or  {arrest}  (Law),  a  wanton 
  prosecution  or  arrest,  by  regular  process  in  a  civil  or 
  criminal  proceeding,  without  probable  cause  --Bouvier. 
  Syn:  Ill-disposed;  evil-minded;  mischievous;  envious; 
  malevolent;  invidious;  spiteful;  bitter;  malignant; 
  rancorous;  malign.  --  {Ma*li"cious*ly},  adv  -- 
  {Ma*li"cious*ness},  n. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  having  the  nature  of  or  resulting  from  malice;  "malicious 
  gossip";  "took  malicious  pleasure  in...watching  me 
  wince"-  Rudyard  Kipling  [ant:  {unmalicious}] 
  2:  wishing  or  appearing  to  wish  evil  to  others  arising  from 
  intense  ill  will  or  hatred;  "a  gossipy  malevolent  old 
  woman";  "failure  made  him  malevolent  toward  those  who  were 
  successful"  [syn:  {malevolent}]  [ant:  {benevolent}] 

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