Prepense

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Prepense Devised, contrived, or planned beforehand; preconceived; premeditated; aforethought; -- usually placed after the word it qualifies; as, malice prepense . "This has not arisen from any misrepresentation or error prepense ."
    • v. i Prepense To deliberate beforehand.
    • v. t Prepense To weigh or consider beforehand; to premeditate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prepense To consider beforehand; think upon in advance.
    • prepense To plan or devise beforehand; contrive previously.
    • prepense To reflect or meditate beforehand.
    • prepense Considered and planned beforehand; premeditated; purposed; intentional: generally in the phrase malice prepense (formerly also prepensed malice).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Prepense prē-pens′ premeditated: intentional, chiefly in the phrase 'malice prepense'=malice aforethought or intentional—(obs.) Prepen′sive
    • v.t Prepense (Spens.) to consider or deliberate beforehand
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. pre, + F. penser, to think. See Pansy

Usage

In literature:

They did not go to work, with malice prepense, to weave allegories and apologues.
"Myths and Myth-Makers" by John Fiske
Or is it an outcry made with malice prepense?
"Roundabout Papers" by William Makepeace Thackeray
I believe it was with malice prepense!
"The Young Step-Mother" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Beware of malice prepense, of chance-medley, and of manslaughter.
"The Prairie" by J. Fenimore Cooper
Never again did he employ the type-worn expressions of country journalism, except with set prepense and self-evident satire.
"Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions" by Slason Thompson
I have heard his story, and there certainly was no malice prepense on his part to kill your daughter.
"Tales of Old Japan" by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
If a Frenchman is ever rude, he is rude with malice prepense and aforethought.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 99, March, 1876" by Various
It is we that vote wrong; blindly, nay with falsity prepense!
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
A man of dignity doesn't like to seem to bear tales with malice prepense.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
For the same reason, Macaulay's genuine eloquence is marred by the symptoms of malice prepense.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
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In poetry:

I dropped her once, prepense; but, ere the deal
Was dealt, your instinct seemed her loss to feel:
'There should be one card more,'
You said, and searched the floor.
"The Queen Of Hearts" by Christina Georgina Rossetti