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Meaning of MALICE

Pronunciation:  'malis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the quality of threatening evil
  2. [n]  feeling a need to see others suffer

MALICE is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: malevolence, malevolency, maliciousness, spite, spitefulness, venom
 See Also: beastliness, bitchiness, cattiness, cruelness, cruelty, evil, evilness, harshness, malevolence, malignity, meanness, nastiness, spite, spitefulness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \Mal"ice\, v. t.
    To regard with extreme ill will. [Obs.]
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you have malice toward others means that others will look down on you because of your ill temper. You need to control your temper. Dreaming that others have malice towards you indicates a false friend who is working on harming you.
Thesaurus Terms
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