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 ?
Work of which I am weary, because I have long since ceased to respect it; petty malice that strikes at me through my wife, and mortifies and humiliates her, turn where she may.
Tulliver, and ask his pardon for showing him favors; but I shall bear no malice, and when Mr.
They this time embraced heartily, and without retaining any malice.
Nevertheless, there was one human creature whom Quasimodo excepted from his malice and from his hatred for others, and whom he loved even more, perhaps, than his cathedral: this was Claude Frollo.
No malice," said the landlady, suddenly resuming all her old familiarity with me.
There was even an ease and cheerfulness about her air and manner that I made no pretension to; but there was a depth of malice in her too expressive eye that plainly told me I was not forgiven; for, though she no longer hoped to win me to herself, she still hated her rival, and evidently delighted to wreak her spite on me.
with the feeble malice of a tired man; but, as he had no theory, and no coat on, he was unanimously set at nought - not to mention his smoking hard behind, as he stood with his back to the kitchen fire to draw the damp out: which was not calculated to inspire confidence.
With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations.
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.
So White Fang could only eat his heart in bitterness and develop a hatred and malice commensurate with the ferocity and indomitability of his nature.
And through it all moved the Iron Heel, impassive and deliberate, shaking up the whole fabric of the social structure in its search for the comrades, combing out the Mercenaries, the labor castes, and all its secret services, punishing without mercy and without malice, suffering in silence all retaliations that were made upon it, and filling the gaps in its fighting line as fast as they appeared.
The utmost malice of Fortune could, indeed, have contrived nothing so cruel, so mal-a-propos, so absolutely destructive to all his schemes.