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English definition of “malicious”

malicious

adjective     /məˈlɪʃ.əs/
C2 intended to harm or upset other people : malicious gossip a malicious look in his eyes He complained that he'd been receiving malicious phone calls . He was charged with malicious wounding .Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse intended to cause damage to a computer system , or to steal private information from a computer system : protection against malicious software / code maliciously     /-li/ adverb Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse
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