malice

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n malice the quality of threatening evil
    • n malice feeling a need to see others suffer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • malice (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. "Proud tyrants who maliciously destroy
      And ride o'er ruins with malignant joy."
      "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."
    • malice 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 .""Envy, hatred, and malice are three distinct passions of the mind."
    • v. t Malice To regard with extreme ill will.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n malice Badness; bad quality.
    • n malice Evil; harm; a malicious act; also, evil influence.
    • n malice A propensity to inflict injury or suffering, or to take pleasure in the misfortunes of another or others; active ill-will, whether from natural disposition or special impulse; enmity; hatred: sometimes used in a lighter sense. See malicious, 1.
    • n malice In law, a design or intention of doing mischief to another; the evil intention (either actual or implied) with which one deliberately, and without justification or excuse, does a wrongful act which is injurious to others.
    • n malice Synonyms Ill-will, Enmity, etc. (see animosity); maliciousness, venom, spitefulness, depravity.
    • malice To regard with malice; bear extreme ill-will to; also, to envy and hate.
    • n malice The common dwarf mallow, Malta rotundifolia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Malice mal′is ill-will: spite: disposition to harm others: deliberate mischief: intention to harm another
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Quotations

  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “Every other enjoyment malice may destroy; every other panegyric envy may withhold; but no human power can deprive the boaster of his own encomiums.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham%20Lincoln
    “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work ;we are in.”
  • Sir Thomas Browne
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    “Forcible ways make not an end of evil, but leave hatred and malice behind them.”
  • Francis Quarles
    Francis%20Quarles
    “Anger may repast with thee for an hour, but not repose for a night; the continuance of anger is hatred, the continuance of hatred turns malice.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Speak of me as I am. Nothing extenuate, nor set down aught in malice.”
  • Patrick Kavanagh
    Patrick Kavanagh
    “Malice is only another name for mediocrity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. malice, fr. L. malitia, from malus, bad, ill, evil, prob. orig., dirty, black; cf. Gr. me`las black, Skr. mala, dirt. Cf. Mauger
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. malitiamalus, bad.

Usage

In literature:

For shame, sirs, to cloak malice and jealousy of M. Picot under religion!
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
The kindness and the malice of the world in general are the same.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
Superior strength, combined with ignorance and selfishness, but not with malice.
"An Account of the Proceedings on the Trial of Susan B. Anthony" by Anonymous
We perceive no malice in the deed, and, in performing it, there is consequently no malice in us, we do not sin.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
But I've forgiven her: I bear no malice.
"Krindlesyke" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
The man's malice filled him with disgust.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Or would she still be harboring malice toward him for having warned her against Harrison?
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
No one bears malice for a fair fall, in a joust.
"Both Sides the Border" by G. A. Henty
After the most diligent inquiry, prompted by the greatest malice, the smallest appearance of guilt could not be fixed upon him.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell" by David Hume
Never have I seen a face of such triumphant malice as then appeared on that demure evangelist.
"Oriental Encounters" by Marmaduke Pickthall
On the other hand, he bore the camp and his scoutmaster no malice now.
"Tom Slade's Double Dare" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
They were fixed, almost unseeing, but the crimson lips were curved with inhuman malice.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Lady Richard had much affection in her nature and with it a fine spice of malice.
"Quisanté" by Anthony Hope
The words were barely audible, for his courage, not his malice, failed him under her eyes.
"In Kings' Byways" by Stanley J. Weyman
There's no small vicious malice or hate in him; but he's overbearing and loves a fight.
"Gulmore, The Boss" by Frank Harris
He entertained this regret from no malice or ill-will towards the Comandante, but simply from a desire to benefit himself.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
Just malice, envy, jealousy?
"The Silver Butterfly" by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
Are not a thousand words wanted to restore a reputation which a light word or, may be, slight malice has tarnished?
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
Malice can always find something evil to say of us, let us shape our lives how we may.
"Vixen, Volume II." by M. E. Braddon
And she was malice incarnate.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
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In poetry:

If stain'd with malice, rage, or pride,
Or murder, thou shou'dst there repair,
Where God in glory does reside,
He will reject thy sinful pray'r.
"Advice, Before Prayer" by Rees Prichard
The horizon discovers three desolate isles,
To life and to verdure unknown;
Save the rattlesnake, where in his malice he coils,
Or the myrtle in pity hath grown.
"Cape Romain" by William Crafts
"'Haply, when age has silver'd o'er my hair,
Malice may learn to scorn so mean a spoil;
Envy may slight a face no longer fair,
And Pity welcome to my native soil.'
"Elegy XXVI. Describing the Sorrow of An Ingeneous Mind" by William Shenstone
That bloody dragon, that malicious foe,
Whom thou didst bind, and gloriously o'erthrow,
Still plots my ruin — if thou wilt not deign
To grant thy help, his malice to restrain.
"A Prayer Against The Temptations, And Assaults Of The Devil" by Rees Prichard
Then why say she only by malice is stirr'd ?
No ! even her failings from kindness descend :—
Oh, revoke the rude sentence—recall the harsh word,
And Woman henceforth shall be ever thy friend.
"On Reading An Assertion" by Mary Anne Browne
I doubt not;—my religion stands
A beacon on the eternal rock,—
Let malice throw her fiery brands;
Its sacred fane has stood the shock
Of ages—and shall tower sublime
Above the waves and winds of time.
"Persecution" by John Bowring

In news:

First the guys in Deadringer launched an attack campaign against their opponents in A Sleepless Malice.
Flint metal band Deadringer has assembled an attack ad against their competition this week, A Sleepless Malice.
" Malice of Fortune" by Michael Ennis intricate, rewarding.
Michael Ennis discusses ' Malice of Fortune' Tuesday in Dallas.
Council shows ' malice ,' makes doing business too hard in Falmouth.
ADS Security's Mel Mahler, COPS Monitoring's Maria Malice to be honored at ESX.
Virginia rapper Malice , one half of the rap duo the Clipse has announced a name change.
O'Neal reflects on Malice at the Palace.
Jury saw a limit to George Huguely's malice .
Malice at the Palace' still resonates after six years.
Former Indiana forward Ron Artest was involved in " Malice at the Palace" six years ago tonight.
Looking out for OK. Jeffrey Matthews' execution and "Absence of Malice ".
Tort — Defamation — Actual Malice .
Isaiah Berlin's Civilized Malice .
Malice Argued In OC Pedestrian Fatality Case.
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In science:

The second option exposes the enterprises’ assets to malice and mischance.
Towards a Security Engineering Process Model for Electronic Business Processes
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