malice


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mal·ice

 (măl′ĭs)
n.
1. A desire to harm others or to see others suffer; extreme ill will or spite.
2. Law
a. The intent to commit an unlawful act without justification or excuse.
b. An improper motive for an action, such as desire to cause injury to another.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin malitia, from malus, bad; see mel- in Indo-European roots.]

malice

(ˈmælɪs)
n
1. the desire to do harm or mischief
2. evil intent
3. (Law) law the state of mind with which an act is committed and from which the intent to do wrong may be inferred
[C13: via Old French from Latin malitia, from malus evil]

mal•ice

(ˈmæl ɪs)

n.
1. a desire to inflict harm or suffering on another.
2. harmful intent on the part of a person who commits an unlawful act injurious to another.
[1250–1300; < Old French < Latin malitia. See mal-, -ice]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.malice - feeling a need to see others suffermalice - feeling a need to see others suffer
malevolence, malignity - wishing evil to others
2.malice - the quality of threatening evilmalice - the quality of threatening evil  
bitchiness, cattiness, nastiness, spite, spitefulness - malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty
cruelness, cruelty, harshness - the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
beastliness, meanness - the quality of being deliberately mean
evilness, evil - the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice; "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"

malice

noun spite, animosity, enmity, hate, hatred, bitterness, venom, spleen, rancour, bad blood, ill will, animus, malevolence, vindictiveness, evil intent, malignity, spitefulness, vengefulness, maliciousness There was no malice on his part.
Quotations
"Malice is of a low stature, but it hath very long arms" [George Savile, Marquess of Halifax Political, Moral, and Miscellaneous Thoughts]
"Malice is only another name for mediocrity" [Patrick Kavanagh]

malice

noun
Translations
حِقْد، ضَغينَه، مَكْر
nepřátelstvízloba
ondskabsfuldhed
ilkeyspahantahtoisuus
malicijapakostzlobazloća
illgirniillgirni, meinfÿsnimeinfýsni
pikta valiapikti kėslai
ļaunprātība

malice

[ˈmælɪs] N
1. (= grudge) → rencor m; (= badness) → malicia f
to bear sb maliceguardar rencor a algn
I bear him no maliceno le guardo rencor
out of malicepor malicia
with malice toward nonesin mala intención hacia nadie
2. (Jur) → intención f delictuosa, dolo m
malice aforethoughtpremeditación f

malice

[ˈmælɪs] nméchanceté f, malveillance f

malice

n
Bosheit f, → Bösartigkeit f; (of action)Böswilligkeit f; a look of maliceein boshafter Blick; out of maliceaus Bosheit; to bear somebody maliceeinen Groll gegen jdn hegen; I bear him no maliceich bin ihm nicht böse
(Jur) with malice aforethoughtin böswilliger Absicht, vorsätzlich

malice

[ˈmælɪs] ncattiveria, malevolenza
I bear him no malice → non gli serbo nessun rancore

malice

(ˈmӕlis) noun
the wish to harm other people etc. There was no malice intended in what she said.
malˈicious (-ʃəs) adjective
She took a malicious pleasure in hurting others.
maˈliciously adverb

malice

n. malicia, malos deseos.
References in classic literature ?
At least, release my gentle sister, and pour out all your malice on me.
To all appearance, they were a quiet, honest, well-meaning race of people, cherishing no malice against individuals or the public for the wrong which had been done them; or if, at their own fireside, they transmitted from father to child any hostile recollection of the wizard's fate and their lost patrimony, it was never acted upon, nor openly expressed.
It appears to me -- who have been a calm and curious observer, as well in victory as defeat -- that this fierce and bitter spirit of malice and revenge has never distinguished the many triumphs of my own party as it now did that of the Whigs.
I cherished no malice towards him, though he had been skylarking with me not a little in the matter of my bedfellow.
Merlin, in his malice, has woven a spell about this dungeon, and there bides not the man in these king- doms that would be desperate enough to essay to cross its lines with you
Comparisons are odious, but they need not be malicious; and without any malice I wish to compare this journals of other countries.
I am con- fident that it is essentially true in all its statements; that nothing has been set down in malice, nothing exaggerated, nothing drawn from the imagination; that it comes short of the reality, rather than over- states a single fact in regard to SLAVERY AS IT IS.
When the note was shown to Elinor, as it was within ten minutes after its arrival, it gave her, for the first time, some share in the expectations of Lucy; for such a mark of uncommon kindness, vouchsafed on so short an acquaintance, seemed to declare that the good-will towards her arose from something more than merely malice against herself; and might be brought, by time and address, to do every thing that Lucy wished.
Heathcliff, you're a cruel man, but you're not a fiend; and you won't, from MERE malice, destroy irrevocably all my happiness.
And in now finally deciding the course he should take, it is not too much to say that the motive of money receded, for the first time in his life, into the second place, and the motive of malice carried the day.
inquired that lady then--sharply, and yet as if to express that she bore him no malice.
Chillip could not possibly bear malice at such a time, if at any time.