- desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another, either because of a hostile impulse or out of deep-seated meanness: the malice and spite of a lifelong enemy.
- Law. evil intent on the part of a person who commits a wrongful act injurious to others.
Origin of malice
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Examples from the Web for malice
It was a review of Lady Macbeth, and it dripped with malice.When Stalin Met Lady Macbeth
November 9, 2014
Polish them until they gleam with malice, wicked glee, and non-registry gifts.The First-World Anarchist’s Guide to Weddings
Kelly Williams Brown
May 31, 2014
Why does Rivers' joke have the sting of deliberate shock without any of the other joke's malice?Can the Holocaust be Funny?
April 6, 2013
What came out instead was the opposite: mean-spirited, nasty, laced with malice and threat.You’re Over, Lance Armstrong
January 18, 2013
When I was pondering shooting up my school, I rarely thought of doing it out of malice against the other students.I Was Adam Lanza, Part 3
December 23, 2012
But Fortune had not yet exhausted her malice against the hapless Athenians.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
At least, release my gentle sister, and pour out all your malice on me.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
You seem to come like my own anger, my own malice, my own—whatever it is—I don't know what it is.Little Dorrit
You can do that without forgiving me, if you still bear me malice.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Now to the charges which malice and misrepresentation have brought against me.The Letters of Robert Burns
- the desire to do harm or mischief
- evil intent
- law the state of mind with which an act is committed and from which the intent to do wrong may be inferredSee also malice aforethought
Word Origin and History for malice
c.1300, "desire to hurt another," from Old French malice "ill will, spite, sinfulness, wickedness" (12c.), from Latin malitia "badness, ill will, spite," from malus "bad" (see mal-). In legal use, "wrongful intent generally" (1540s).