malice, malevolence, ill will, spite, malignity, spleen, grudge mean the desire to see another experience pain, injury, or distress. malice implies a deep-seated often unexplainable desire to see another suffer.
felt no malice toward their former enemies malevolence suggests a bitter persistent hatred that is likely to be expressed in malicious conduct.
a look of dark malevolenceill will implies a feeling of antipathy of limited duration.
ill will provoked by a careless remark spite implies petty feelings of envy and resentment that are often expressed in small harassments.
petty insults inspired by spitemalignity implies deep passion and relentlessness.
a life consumed by motiveless malignityspleen suggests the wrathful release of latent spite or persistent malice.
venting his spleen against politicians grudge implies a harbored feeling of resentment or ill will that seeks satisfaction.
never one to harbor a grudge
Examples of malignity in a Sentence
one of the characters in the novel is a slave driver of such malignity that he came to be one of the most famous villains in all of literature