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 ?
This sailing with a "dry " boat was malice aforethought on my part.
Malice aforethought is the grand criterion which distinguishes murder from other killings.
It is hard to believe that any sane person, let alone someone occupying the highest position of the land, would willingly and with malice aforethought endanger the lives of innocent people numbering in the hundreds of thousands.
The prosecution has proved that Khanyaha assaulted Salala with malice aforethought and his conduct was reckless,' Sitati said.
The officer, who was fired after the shooting, "acted out of malice aforethought, shooting dead an unarmed and fleeing Walter Scott," Judge David Norton said, RT reported.
When Martinsen appeared at the assizes on 12th February, it was accepted by the jury that he had not had any malice aforethought and not intended to kill.
This was not done with any malice aforethought and the decision was forced upon us when we received anonymous calls reporting the fear and public health implications of the situation.
Only someone who had talked herself into believing the coalition of young people, single women, and minority voters made her invincible would have deliberately and with malice aforethought talked about half of Donald Trump's supporters belonging in "a basket of deplorables" who are (for good measure)"irredeemable.
Criminal complaints filed in Polk County stated that Nicole killed her daughter "intentionally, willfully, deliberately, with premeditation and malice aforethought," (http://www.
In his classic crime novel, Malice Aforethought, Francis lies reveals the killer in the opening sentence and then explores the steps which Dr Bickleigh takes to carry out his crime.
Our dear, hapless Lauren wasn't the only collateral damage in this offensive-it's every citizen's peace of mind, that spasm that now seizes you when a stranger turns up at your door or on your rearview mirror with malice aforethought,' wrote Dalisay.
The charge read that "on the 7th day of March 1908, at Carnarvon, feloniously did cause grievous bodily harm to one Annie Williams, with intent in so doing, then and thereby feloniously, wilfully, and of his malice aforethought, to kill and murder the said Annie Williams" A detailed report in the Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald said when Evans was brought into court a murmur went through the court.