V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. wishing to hurt others; 2. committing an act that will hurt others

Synonyms: hateful, spiteful, mean, wicked, depraved

Antonyms: benevolent, kind, caring

Tips: Use malicious to describe a person or an act intended to cause harm in an evil or spiteful way. The related noun malice is the intention to harm or upset other people. Malicious is one of many words that begins with the prefix mal-. Mal almost always precedes "bad" words like malice, malignant, malcontent, malevolent. The antonym of mal is bene. Bene is a prefix that almost always precedes "good" words like benevolent, benevolence, beneficiary, benign.

Usage Examples:

His malicious slandering of his co-worker was unprofessional and unseemly. (hurtful, meaning to cause harm)

I don't think it was an accident; I think it was a malicious act intended to hurt him. (hurtful, meaning to cause harm)

The dog had a malicious bark and I knew it would have attacked me if it wasn't behind the fence. (hurtful, mean)

I think you're reading too much into his email; I don't think he meant any malice by his comments. (pain, hurt) noun

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