Malice is defined as bad will or the desire to do bad things to another person.
An example of malice is when you hate someone and want to seek revenge.
- active ill will; desire to harm another or to do mischief; spite
- Law evil intent; state of mind shown by intention to do, or intentional doing of, something unlawful
Origin of maliceOld French from Classical Latin malitia from malus, bad: see mal-
a deliberate intention and plan to do something unlawful, as murder
- A desire to harm others or to see others suffer; extreme ill will or spite.
- Law a. The intent to commit an unlawful act without justification or excuse.b. An improper motive for an action, such as desire to cause injury to another.
Origin of maliceMiddle English from Old French from Latin malitia from malus bad ; see mel-3 in Indo-European roots.
- Intention to harm or deprive in an illegal or immoral way. Desire to take pleasure in another's misfortune.
malice - Legal Definition
The state of mind of one intentionally performing a wrongful act.constructive malice
Malice which can be imputed to the actor because of the nature of the acts committed and the result thereby.