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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Malice  \Mal"ice\,  n.  [F.  malice,  fr  L.  malitia,  from  malus  bad 
  ill,  evil,  prob.  orig.,  dirty,  black;  cf  Gr  ?  black,  Skr. 
  mala  dirt.  Cf  {Mauger}.] 
  1.  Enmity  of  heart;  malevolence;  ill  will  a  spirit 
  delighting  in  harm  or  misfortune  to  another;  a  disposition 
  to  injure  another;  a  malignant  design  of  evil.  ``Nor  set 
  down  aught  in  malice.''  --Shak. 
  Envy,  hatred,  and  malice  are  three  distinct  passions 
  of  the  mind.  --Ld.  Holt. 
  2.  (Law)  Any  wicked  or  mischievous  intention  of  the  mind;  a 
  depraved  inclination  to  mischief;  an  intention  to  vex, 
  annoy,  or  injure  another  person,  or  to  do  a  wrongful  act 
  without  just  cause  or  cause  or  excuse;  a  wanton  disregard 
  of  the  rights  or  safety  of  others  willfulness. 
  {Malice  aforethought}  or  {prepense},  malice  previously  and 
  deliberately  entertained. 
  Syn:  Spite;  ill  will  malevolence;  grudge;  pique;  bitterness; 
  animosity;  malignity;  maliciousness;  rancor;  virulence. 
  Usage:  See  {Spite}.  --  {Malevolence},  {Malignity}, 
  {Malignancy}.  Malice  is  a  stronger  word  than 
  malevolence,  which  may  imply  only  a  desire  that  evil 
  may  befall  another,  while  malice  desires,  and  perhaps 
  intends,  to  bring  it  about  Malignity  is  intense  and 
  deepseated  malice.  It  implies  a  natural  delight  in 
  hating  and  wronging  others  One  who  is  malignant  must 
  be  both  malevolent  and  malicious;  but  a  man  may  be 
  malicious  without  being  malignant. 
  Proud  tyrants  who  maliciously  destroy  And  ride 
  o'er  ruins  with  malignant  joy.  --Somerville. 
  in  some  connections,  malignity  seems  rather  more 
  pertinently  applied  to  a  radical  depravity  of 
  nature,  and  malignancy  to  indications  of  this 
  depravity,  in  temper  and  conduct  in  particular 
  instances.  --Cogan. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Malice  \Mal"ice\,  v.  t. 
  To  regard  with  extreme  ill  will  [Obs.] 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  feeling  a  need  to  see  other  suffer  [syn:  {maliciousness},  {spite}, 
  {spitefulness},  {venom}] 
  2:  the  quality  of  threatening  evil  [syn:  {malevolence},  {malevolency}] 

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