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2 definitions found
 for maliciousness
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Malicious \Ma*li"cious\, a. [Of. malicius, F. malicieux, fr. L.
     malitiosus. See Malice.]
     1. Indulging or exercising malice; harboring ill will or
        enmity.
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              I grant him bloody, . . .
              Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin
              That has a name.                      --Shak.
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     2. Proceeding from hatred or ill will; dictated by malice;
        as, a malicious report; malicious mischief.
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     3. (Law) With wicked or mischievous intentions or motives;
        wrongful and done intentionally without just cause or
        excuse; as, a malicious act.
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     Malicious abandonment, the desertion of a wife or husband
        without just cause. --Burrill.
  
     Malicious prosecution or Malicious arrest (Law), a wanton
        prosecution or arrest, by regular process in a civil or
        criminal proceeding, without probable cause. --Bouvier.
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     Syn: Ill-disposed; evil-minded; mischievous; envious;
          malevolent; invidious; spiteful; bitter; malignant;
          rancorous; malign.
          [1913 Webster] -- Ma*li"cious*ly, adv. --
          Ma*li"cious*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  maliciousness
      n 1: feeling a need to see others suffer [syn: malice,
           maliciousness, spite, spitefulness, venom]

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