Malicious prosecution
Malicious Ma*li"cious, a. [Of. malicius, F. malicieux, fr. L. malitiosus. See {Malice}.] 1. Indulging or exercising malice; harboring ill will or enmity. [1913 Webster]

I grant him bloody, . . . Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin That has a name. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Proceeding from hatred or ill will; dictated by malice; as, a malicious report; malicious mischief. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) With wicked or mischievous intentions or motives; wrongful and done intentionally without just cause or excuse; as, a malicious act. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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