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
A Los Angeles Police Department officer acted with malice when using excessive force against a college student from Whittier, a U.S. district court jury has found.
Having run a correction the next day, the Times might be able to mitigate the charge of malice.
Orear said Hodgkinson was a passionate progressive and showed no signs of violence or malice toward others.
The fact is, the U.S. and Iran have mutual malice toward the Islamic State.
ABC also was not successful in avoiding trial with the argument that BPI had failed to establish actual malice, a prerequisite to defamation in cases brought by public figures.
The MOMA show’s lead curator, Leah Dickerman, has incorporated first-rate works by those artists, and others, to augment a sense of the tumultuous change, which in Rauschenberg’s case entailed irreverence brought to the point of malice.
Let all bitterness & wrath & anger & clamor & slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
Harbaugh didn't take long to respond to Jacobs' comments… Biblical advice for @gatorboyrb Let all bitterness & wrath & anger & clamor & slander be put away from you, along with all 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.
Origin and Etymology of malice
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin malitia, from malus bad
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of malice
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
Definition of malice for Students
: a desire to cause harm to another person
Legal Definition of malice
1a : the intention or desire to cause harm (as death, bodily injury, or property damage) to another through an unlawful or wrongful act without justification or excuse b : wanton disregard for the rights of others or for the value of human life c : an improper or evil motive or purpose if malice cannot be proved or a benign purpose can be imagined — David Kairys d : actual malice 2 in this entry actual malice 1 : malice proved by evidence to exist or have existed in one that inflicts unjustified harm on another: as a : an intent to injure or kill b : malice 2 —called also express malice, malice in fact 2a : the knowledge that defamatory statements especially regarding a public figure are false b : reckless disregard of the truth — see also public figure, New York Times Co. v. Sullivan implied malice : malice inferred from the nature or consequences of a harmful act done without justification or excuse; also : malice inferred from subjective awareness of duty or of the likely results of one's act —called also legal malice, malice in law malice aforethought : actual or implied malice existing in or attributed to the intention of one that injures or especially kills without justification or excuse and usually requiring some degree of deliberation or premeditation or wanton disregard for life murder is the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought — California Penal Code malice in fact : actual malice 1 in this entry malice in law : implied malice in this entry
2 : feelings of ill will, spite, or revenge
Additional Notes on malice
Such feelings are usually not an important component of malice in legal consideration unless punitive damages or actual malice is an issue.
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