malice aforethought

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malice aforethought

n. Law
The premeditated and deliberate commission of a criminal act with knowledge of its harmfulness or reckless indifference to its harmfulness and without justification or excuse.

malice aforethought

n
1. (Law) the predetermination to do an unlawful act, esp to kill or seriously injure
2. (Law) the intent with which an unlawful killing is effected, which must be proved for the crime to constitute murder. See also murder, manslaughter

mal′ice afore′thought


n.
a predetermination to commit an unlawful act without just cause or provocation. Also called mal′ice prepense′.
[1660–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.malice aforethought - (law) criminal intentmalice aforethought - (law) criminal intent; the thoughts and intentions behind a wrongful act (including knowledge that the act is illegal); often at issue in murder trials
planning, preparation, provision - the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening; "his planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties"
premeditation - (law) thought and intention to commit a crime well in advance of the crime; goes to show criminal intent
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
Translations

malice aforethought

[ˌmælɪsəˈfɔːˌθɔːt] n (Law) → premeditazione f
References in classic literature ?
The first of these is the court of inspection over the behaviour of the magistrates when they have quitted their office; the second is to punish those who have injured the public; the third is to take cognisance of those causes in which the state is a party; the fourth is to decide between magistrates and private persons, who appeal from a fine laid upon them; the fifth is to determine disputes which may arise concerning contracts of great value; the sixth is to judge between foreigners, and of murders, of which there are different species; and these may all be tried by the same judges or by different ones; for there are murders of malice prepense and of chance-medley; there is also justifiable homicide, where the fact is admitted, and the legality of it disputed.
That is, it had been splendid at first; but later the fun went out of it because we found that Peter was, of malice prepense, allowing himself to be caught too easily, in order that he might have the pleasure of catching Felicity--which he never failed to do, no matter how tightly his eyes were bound.
he ejaculated at the top of his voice to a ragged wolfish-looking dog, a sort of lurcher, half mastiff, half greyhound, which ran limping about as if with the purpose of seconding his master in collecting the refractory grunters; but which, in fact, from misapprehension of the swine-herd's signals, ignorance of his own duty, or malice prepense, only drove them hither and thither, and increased the evil which he seemed to design to remedy.