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Related to prepense: Malice prepense


Contemplated or arranged in advance; premeditated: malice prepense.

[From Middle English, past participle of purpensen, to premeditate, from Anglo-Norman purpenser : pur-, before (from Latin pro-; see pro-1) + penser, to think (from Latin pēnsāre; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots).]

pre·pense′ly adv.
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(Law) (postpositive) (usually in legal contexts) arranged in advance; premeditated (esp in the phrase malice prepense)
[C18: from Anglo-Norman purpensé, from Old French purpenser to consider in advance, from penser to think, from Latin pēnsāre to weigh, consider]
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planned or intended in advance; premeditated.
[1695–1705; pre- + -pense < Latin pēnsus, past participle of pendere to weigh, consider; see pensive]
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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.
Fangs!'' 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.
To do her justice, she really believed Anne had made Diana drunk out of sheer malice prepense,???
Beware of malice prepense, of chance-medley, and of manslaughter.
I have put in this chapter on fighting of malice prepense, partly because I want to give you a true picture of what everyday school life was in my time, and not a kid-glove and go-to- meeting-coat picture, and partly because of the cant and twaddle that's talked of boxing and fighting with fists nowadays.
What could be more offensive to the African personality's sensibilities than a psychological worker, namely Joe Baldwin/Kobi Kambon, staunch in propounding ORP and ORM, who with guile and malice prepense published this author's data in his 2003 book without permission?
Would you seriously, of malice (85) prepense cultivate in that unconscious man the power to think.