malicious

malicious
[[t]məlɪ̱ʃəs[/t]]
ADJ-GRADED
If you describe someone's words or actions as malicious, you mean that they are intended to harm people or their reputation, or cause them embarrassment and upset.

That might merely have been malicious gossip...

She described the charges as malicious.

Derived words:
maliciously ADV-GRADED usu ADV with v, also ADV adj

`Oh, I stopped in at the club for a drink,' she said maliciously.

...his maliciously accurate imitation of Hubert de Burgh.


English dictionary. 2008.

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