a predetermination to commit an unlawful act without just cause or provocation (applied chiefly to cases of first-degree murder).
- Also called malice prepense .
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How to use malice aforethought in a sentence
To be frank, I seriously doubt if Madoff set out, with malice aforethought, to defraud anyone.
With malice aforethought, we made a raid to the extent of three pennies worth.Gardens of the Caribbees, v. 1/2 | Ida May Hill Starr
But let it be recorded to the old town's credit, the evil was propagated without malice aforethought.Watch Yourself Go By | Al. G. Field
But even granting that, one could scarcely help suspecting malice aforethought in the curious provision.Boyhood in Norway | Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
He claims that Bud pitched him into that dishpan uh dough with malice aforethought.The Happy Family | Bertha Muzzy Bower
It is not waiting for them to drag down the banner to the dust; it is making haste to trail it for them with malice aforethought.A New Atmosphere | Gail Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for malice aforethought
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