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malice

mal·ice

malice

 
 
pronunciation:
mae lihs
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the wish to harm or hurt others; hostility; animosity.
She said those hurtful things out of sheer malice.I have forgiven him, and I no longer feel any malice toward him.His hitting her was no accident; it was an act of malice.
synonyms:
ill will, malevolence, malignity, spite
antonyms:
benevolence, charity
similar words:
animosity, antagonism, hatred, hostility, rancor, revenge, spleen, vengeance
definition 2: in law, intention to harm others in committing an unlawful act.
The defamation case was settled in favor of the defendant because malice could not be proved.
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