malice

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, borrowed from Old French malice, from Latin malitia (badness, bad quality, ill-will, spite), from malus (bad).

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  • enPR: măl'ĭs, IPA(key): /ˈmælɪs/
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Noun[edit]

malice (usually uncountable, plural malices)

  1. Intention to harm or deprive in an illegal or immoral way. Desire to take pleasure in another's misfortune.
    • 1981, Philip K. Dick, Valis, →ISBN, page 67:
      [] not only was there no gratitude (which he could psychologically handle) but downright malice showed itself instead.
  2. (law) An intention to do injury to another party, which in many jurisdictions is a distinguishing factor between the crimes of murder and manslaughter.
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malice (third-person singular simple present malices, present participle malicing, simple past and past participle maliced)

  1. To intend to cause harm; to bear malice.
    • 1557, Howard, Henry, “Complaint of a lover that defied Love and was by Love after the more tormented”, in Songes and Sonettes:
      Thou blinded God (quod I) forgive me this offence, / Unwittingly I went about, to malice thy pretence.
    • 1596, Spenser, Edmund, The Faerie Queene, book 6, canto 9, verse 39:
      Who on the other side did seeme so farre / From malicing, or grudging his good houre, / That, all he could, he graced him with her, / Ne ever shewed signe of rancour or of iarre.
    • 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.
    • 1599, Jonson, Ben, Every Man out of His Humour, act 5, scene 2:
      I am so far from malicing their states, / That I begin to pity 'em.
    • 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.
    • 1995, Fugazi (lyrics and music), “Fell, Destroyed”, in Red Medicine, performed by Guy Picciotto:
      Here's a list of side effects / Practice tested / Covering every maliced angle / For example: / You will sleep forever / You will never sleep again
    • 2005 May 3, “'He was a mess,' woman says of accused”, in The Whitehorse Star[1]:
      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[2]:
      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.

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Etymology[edit]

From malico +‎ -e.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /maˈlit͡se/
  • Hyphenation: ma‧lic‧e
  • Rhymes: -it͡se

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malice

  1. maliciously

French[edit]

French Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Old French malice, borrowed from Latin malitia.

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malice f (plural malices)

  1. mischief
  2. malice

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Borrowed from Latin malitia.

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malice f (oblique plural malices, nominative singular malice, nominative plural malices)

  1. malice, evilness, evil intentions
  2. malicious act

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  • French: malice

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