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.
Law. evil intent on the part of a person who commits a wrongful act injurious to others.

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin malitia. See mal-, -ice

1. ill will, spite, spitefulness; animosity, enmity; malevolence; venom, hate, hatred; bitterness, rancor. See grudge.

1. benevolence, goodwill. Unabridged
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malice (ˈmælɪs)
1.  the desire to do harm or mischief
2.  evil intent
3.  law See also malice aforethought 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]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "desire to hurt another," from O.Fr. malice "ill will, spite," from L. malitia "badness, ill will, spite," from malus "bad" (see mal-). In legal use, "wrongful intent generally" (1540s).
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Example sentences
Most dealers attribute these troubles more to ignorance than malice, although
  scammers are not unknown.
The spines of cholla glow, their prickly malice deceptively rendered as a
  benign woolly aura.
Of course, there also seems to be a bit of malice in their online shenanigans.
Even with my car in storage in another state, I can feel its vibes of subtle
  malice reaching out, trying to ruin my life.
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