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Definition of malice noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  • a feeling of hatred for someone that causes a desire to harm them He sent the letter out of malice. She is entirely without malice. He certainly bears you no malice (= does not want to harm you). The ghosts are described as if they bear actual malice toward humans.
  • Idioms
    with malice aforethought (law)
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    with the deliberate intention of committing a crime or harming someone
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