malicious


malicious
malicious ma‧li‧cious [məˈlɪʆəs] adjective LAW
deliberate and intended to harm or hurt someone:

• Time Warner sued the company for $100 million, charging `willful, wanton and malicious' breach of contract.

• You may not be insured for malicious damage by a lodger.

— maliciously adverb :

• Jones was charged with maliciously wounding his wife.

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malicious UK US /məˈlɪʃəs/ adjective
malicious behaviour is intended to harm other people: »

The court ruled that she had not acted with malicious intent.

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malicious accusations/allegations/gossip

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malicious damage/destruction

INTERNET, IT malicious software or computer programs are designed to damage other people's computers and prevent them from working normally: »

Recent incidents have demonstrated how easily malicious hackers are able to disrupt the operations of many large companies.

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malicious programs/software

maliciously adverb
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The lawsuit accused the defendant of maliciously using the logo ""to cause confusion"".


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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