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  1. 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.
  2. Law. evil intent on the part of a person who commits a wrongful act injurious to others.
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Origin of malice

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin malitia. See mal-, -ice



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Historical Examples

  • This is not very satisfactory to what used to be our malices.

    The Book of the Damned

    Charles Fort

British Dictionary definitions for malices


  1. the desire to do harm or mischief
  2. evil intent
  3. 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
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Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Latin malitia, from malus evil
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Word Origin and History for malices



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).

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