Examples of malice in a Sentence
- All of this is about control, of course. While nicknames can just as easily be dispensed with affection as with malice, either way the practice is as stone alpha male as social interaction gets. —Garry Trudeau, Time, 12 Feb. 2001
- The killer that Capote himself became—far more efficiently than Perry and Dick—when, in poisonous prose and on talk-shows, he laid waste his friends and skewered his competitors with malice as pure as the air in an oxygen tent. —Molly Haskell, New York Times Book Review, 12 June 1988
- It isn't so much courage that I would need, as the patience to endure the grinding malice of bureaucratic harassment. —Alice Walker, Living by the Word, 1981
- No doubt his natural floridity of face encouraged whispers, and partisan malice exaggerated them; but during the eighteen-thirties he certainly drank enough to invite the solicitude of his friends and the gibes of his enemies. —Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Age of Jackson, 1946
an attack motivated by pure malice
She claimed that her criticisms were without malice.
Recent Examples of malice from the Web
There was no malice or intent to not send but was a simple oversight.
In the 1838 Hans Christian Andersen tale, the king’s new wife banishes her young stepdaughter and, out of malice, turns the girl’s 11 brothers into swans.
Rowe appeared in court Tuesday in Eatonville and pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony murder and two counts of malice murder.
In Mediterranean and Western Asian cultures, the evil eye can be a source of malice and malady, maybe even a curse of sorts.
This deceptive move was done, the suit argues, because Ratner was trying to argue that Kohler showed actual malice in her accusations, removing it from the context of the current moment and implying that her sole objective was to harm him.
These messengers of malice were also presumably the enemies of Roy S. Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court then running for the U.S. Senate as a Republican.
But people say things without intending malice, and hey, why not assume the best?
Our Rob was a big-hearted man that lived his life without malice.
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malicious, malevolent, and malice
Malicious and malevolent are close in meaning, since both refer to ill will that desires to see someone else suffer. But while malevolent suggests deep and lasting dislike, malicious usually means petty and spiteful. Malicious gossipers are often simply envious of a neighbor's good fortune. Vandals may take malicious pleasure in destroying and defacing property but usually don't truly hate the owners. Malice is an important legal concept, which has to be proved in order to convict someone of certain crimes such as first-degree murder.
Synonym Discussion of malice
- felt no malice toward their former enemies
- a look of dark malevolence
- ill will provoked by a careless remark
- petty insults inspired by spite
- a life consumed by motiveless malignity
- venting his spleen against politicians
- never one to harbor a grudge
MALICE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of malice for English Language Learners
: a desire to cause harm to another person
MALICE Defined for Kids
legal Definition of malice
- if malice cannot be proved or a benign purpose can be imagined
- —David Kairys
- murder is the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought
- —California Penal Code
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