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malice

[mal-is] /ˈmæl ɪs/
noun
1.
desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another, either because of a hostile impulse or out of deep-seated meanness:
the malice and spite of a lifelong enemy.
2.
Law. evil intent on the part of a person who commits a wrongful act injurious to others.
Origin of malice
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin malitia. See mal-, -ice
Synonyms
1. ill will, spite, spitefulness; animosity, enmity; malevolence; venom, hate, hatred; bitterness, rancor. See grudge.
Antonyms
1. benevolence, goodwill.
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malice

/ˈmælɪs/
noun
1.
the desire to do harm or mischief
2.
evil intent
3.
(law) the state of mind with which an act is committed and from which the intent to do wrong may be inferred See also malice aforethought
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin malitia, from malus evil
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Word Origin and History for malice
n.

c.1300, "desire to hurt another," from Old French malice "ill will, spite, sinfulness, wickedness" (12c.), from Latin malitia "badness, ill will, spite," from malus "bad" (see mal-). In legal use, "wrongful intent generally" (1540s).

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