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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin malitia, from malus 'bad'

malice

noun
     
mal‧ice [uncountable]
1 the desire to harm someone because you hate them
with malice
His eyes gleamed with malice.
sheer/pure malice
She did it out of sheer malice.
James bore her no malice (=did not feel any malice towards her).
2

with malice aforethought

lawSCC with the deliberate intention of doing something that is against the law

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