Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “malicious”

malicious

adjective uk   /məˈlɪʃ.əs/ us  
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
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse
(Definition of malicious from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of malicious?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Unkind, cruel & unfeeling, but you might be interested in these topics from the Kind and unkind topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “malicious” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

improvisation

a performance that an actor, musician, etc. has not practised or planned

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More