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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. feeling a need to see others suffer;
[syn: malice, maliciousness, spite, spitefulness, venom]

2. the quality of threatening evil;
[syn: malevolence, malevolency, malice]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

malice \mal"ice\ (m[a^]l"[i^]s), n. [F. malice, fr. L. malitia, from malus bad, ill, evil, prob. orig., dirty, black; cf. Gr. me`las 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. [1913 Webster] Envy, hatred, and malice are three distinct passions of the mind. --Ld. Holt. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Malice aforethought or Malice prepense, malice previously and deliberately entertained. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Proud tyrants who maliciously destroy And ride o'er ruins with malignant joy. --Somerville. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Malice \Mal"ice\, v. t. To regard with extreme ill will. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

malice n 1: feeling a need to see others suffer [syn: malice, maliciousness, spite, spitefulness, venom] 2: the quality of threatening evil [syn: malevolence, malevolency, malice]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

75 Moby Thesaurus words for "malice": Anglophobia, Russophobia, abhorrence, abomination, animosity, animus, antagonism, anti-Semitism, antipathy, aversion, bane, belligerence, bigotry, bile, bitchiness, bitterness, clash, clashing, collision, conflict, contention, cussedness, despite, despitefulness, detestation, devilment, devilry, deviltry, dislike, down, enmity, evil intent, execration, friction, grudge, harmfulness, hate, hatefulness, hatred, hostility, ill will, iniquitousness, invidiousness, loathing, maleficence, malevolence, malice aforethought, malice prepense, maliciousness, malignance, malignancy, malignity, meanness, misandry, misanthropy, misogyny, nastiness, noxiousness, odium, orneriness, poison, quarrelsomeness, race hatred, racism, repugnance, resentment, spite, spitefulness, spleen, umbrage, venom, vials of hate, vials of wrath, wickedness, xenophobia
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

MALICE, torts. The doing any act injurious to another without a just cause. 2. This term, as applied to torts, does not necessarily mean that which must proceed from a spiteful, malignant, or revengeful disposition, but a conduct injurious to another, though proceeding from an ill-regulated mind not sufficiently cautious before it occasions an injury to another. 11 S. & R. 39, 40. 3. Indeed in some cases it seems not to require any intention in order to make an act malicious. When a slander has been published, therefore, the proper question for the jury is, not whether the intention of the publication was to injure the plaintiff, but whether the tendency of the matter published, was so injurious. 10 B. & C. 472: S. C. 21 E. C. L. R. 117. 4. Again, take the common case of an offensive trade, the melting of tallow for instance; such trade is not itself unlawful, but if carried on to the annoyance of the neighboring dwellings, it becomes unlawful with respect to them, and their inhabitants may maintain an action, and may charge the act of the defendant to be malicious. 3 B. & C. 584; S. C. 10 E. C. L. R. 179.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

MALICE, crim. law. A wicked intention to do an injury. 4 Mason, R. 115, 505: 1 Gall. R. 524. It is not confined to the intention of doing an injury to any particular person, but extends to an evil design, a corrupt and wicked notion against some one at the time of committing the crime; as, if A intended to poison B, conceals a quantity of poison in an apple and puts it in the way of B, and C, against whom he had no ill will, and who, on the contrary, was his friend, happened to eat it, and die, A will be guilty of murdering C with malice aforethought. Bac. Max. Reg. 15; 2 Chit. Cr. Law, 727; 3 Chit. Cr. Law,. 1104. 2. Malice is express or implied. It is express, when the party evinces an intention to commit the crime, as to kill a man; for example, modern duelling. 3 Bulst. 171. It is implied, when an officer of justice is killed in the discharge of his duty, or when death occurs in the prosecution of some unlawful design. 3. It is a general rule that when a man commits an act, unaccompanied by any circumstance justifying its commission, the law presumes he has acted advisedly and with an intent to produce the consequences which have ensued. 3 M. & S. 15; Foster, 255; 1 Hale, P. C. 455; 1 East, P. C. 223 to 232, and 340; Russ. & Ry. 207; 1 Moody, C. C. 263; 4 Bl. Com. 198; 15 Vin. Ab. 506; Yelv. 105 a; Bac. Ab. Murder and Homicide, C 2. Malice aforethought is deliberate premeditation. Vide Aforethought.