- Intention to harm or deprive in an illegal or immoral way. Desire to take pleasure in another's misfortune.
- (law) An intention to do injury to another party, which in many jurisdictions is a distinguishing factor between the crimes of murder and manslaughter.
intention to harm
- malice in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- malice in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- To intend to cause harm; to bear malice.
- 1596, Spenser, Edmund, “A Hymn of Heavenly Love”, in Fowre Hymnes:
- His pains, his poverty, his sharp assayes, / Through which he past his miserable dayes, / Offending none, and doing good to all, / Yet being malic'd both of great and small.
- 1609, Daniel, Samuel, The History of the Civil Wars, book 5, verse 48:
- A feeble spirited king that governed, / Who ill could guide the sceptre he did use; / His enemies, that his worth maliced, / Who both the land and him did much abuse: / The peoples love; and his apparent right, May seem sufficient motives to incite.
- 2005 May 3, “'He was a mess,' woman says of accused”, in The Whitehorse Star:
- Robert Truswell may have been a belligerent and malicing man, a jury heard this morning during the trial of George Kieran Daunt.
- 2018 May 14, Small, Kimberley, quoting Marion Hall, “Dancehall was contentious, says Marion Hall”, in The Jamaica Star:
- I haven't maliced anybody, definitely not. I never used to have friends like that. I had a few who I thought were friends. Even if you have friends, things happen and friendship break up, but you move on. But I still talk to everybody.
malice f (plural malices)
- “malice” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- French: malice