malicious vs. malevolent vs. malignant – The Correct Way to Use Each – English Learning

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Malicious

Definition:

having the nature of or resulting from malice

Examples:

malicious gossip

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Malevolent

Definition:

wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred

Examples:

a gossipy malevolent old woman

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Malignant

Definition:

dangerous to health; characterized by progressive and uncontrolled growth (especially of a tumor)

Examples:

it was a malignant disease

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