Malice meaning

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A desire to harm others or to see others suffer; extreme ill will or spite.
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Active ill will; desire to harm another or to do mischief; spite.
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(law) Evil intent; state of mind shown by intention to do, or intentional doing of, something unlawful.
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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.

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The state of mind of one intentionally performing a wrongful act.
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Malice which can be imputed to the actor because of the nature of the acts committed and the result thereby.
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Intention to harm or deprive in an illegal or immoral way. Desire to take pleasure in another's misfortune.
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malice aforethought
  • a deliberate intention and plan to do something unlawful, as murder
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of malice

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin malitia from malus bad mel-3 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin malitia (“badness, bad quality, ill-will, spite"), from malus (“bad").

    From Wiktionary