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malicious prosecution

Etymology: L, malitia, wickedness, prosequi, to pursue
(in law) a suit begun in malice and pursued without sufficient cause. It is usually an action for damages. Malicious prosecution is a wrongful civil proceeding, and a person who takes an active part in initiating or continuing it is subject to liability.


an act done to inflict an injury, not to redress a wrong.

malicious poisoning
laying a bait to poison an animal without the owner's consent.
malicious prosecution
instigating a lawsuit for the purpose of punishing the other person without having a proper justification for the litigation.
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