Definition of malice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmælɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmælɪs//
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  • a feeling of hatred for somebody 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 towards humans.
  • Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin malitia, from malus ‘bad’.Extra examples He bore me no malice. I bear no malice towards anybody. She felt no malice. She fired him out of sheer malice. She has no malice in her. He certainly bears you no malice. He sent the letter out of malice. He underestimated the sheer malice of his opponents. Paul had told him about it with a hint of malice.Idioms
    with malice aforethought
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    (law) with the deliberate intention of committing a crime or harming somebody
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