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MAL'ICE, n. [L.malitia, from malus, evil.] Extreme enmity of heart, or malevolence; a disposition to injure others without cause, from mere personal gratification or from a spirit of revenge; unprovoked malignity or spite.

--Nor set down aught in malice.

MAL'ICE, v.t. To regard with extreme ill will. [Not used.]




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MAL'ICE, n. [L.malitia, from malus, evil.] Extreme enmity of heart, or malevolence; a disposition to injure others without cause, from mere personal gratification or from a spirit of revenge; unprovoked malignity or spite.

--Nor set down aught in malice.

MAL'ICE, v.t. To regard with extreme ill will. [Not used.]


MAL'ICE, a.

  1. Harboring ill will or enmity without provocation; malevolent in the extreme; malignant in heart. I grant him bloody, / Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin / That has a name. Shak.
  2. Proceeding from extreme hatred or ill will; dictated by malice; as, a malicious report.

MAL'ICE, n. [Fr.; It. malizia; Sp. malicia; L. malitia, from malus, evil; W. mall. See Malady.]

Extreme enmity of heart, or malevolence; a disposition to injure others without cause, from mere personal gratification or from a spirit of revenge; unprovoked malignity or spite. Nor set down aught in malice. Shak.


Mal"ice
  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. To regard with extreme ill will.

    [Obs.]
  3. 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. 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.

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Malice

MAL'ICE, noun [Latin malitia, from malus, evil.] Extreme enmity of heart, or malevolence; a disposition to injure others without cause, from mere personal gratification or from a spirit of revenge; unprovoked malignity or spite.

--Nor set down aught in malice

MAL'ICE, verb transitive To regard with extreme ill will. [Not used.]

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

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