Malice Definition

Active ill will; desire to harm another or to do mischief; spite.
Webster's New World
Evil intent; state of mind shown by intention to do, or intentional doing of, something unlawful.
Webster's New World
An improper motive for an action, such as desire to cause injury to another.
American Heritage
The state of mind of one intentionally performing a wrongful act.
Webster's New World Law

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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


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