What does malice mean?

Definitions for malice
ˈmæl ɪsmal·ice

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word malice.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. malice, maliciousness, spite, spitefulness, venomnoun

    feeling a need to see others suffer

  2. malevolence, malevolency, malicenoun

    the quality of threatening evil


  1. malicenoun

    Intention to harm or deprive in an illegal or immoral way. Desire to take pleasure in another's misfortune.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Malicenoun

    Etymology: malice, French; malitia, Latin.

    God hath forgiven me many sins of malice, and therefore surely he will pity my infirmities. Jeremy Taylor, holy living.

    Duncan is in his grave;
    Malice domestick, foreign levy, nothing
    Can touch him further! William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

  2. To Maliceverb

    To regard with ill will. Obsolete.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The cause why he this fly so maliced,
    Was that his mother which him bore and bred,
    The most fine-fingered workman on the ground,
    Arachne, by his means, was vanquished. Edmund Spenser.


  1. malice

    Malice is a strong feeling or intention to intentionally harm, injure, or cause suffering to someone else, usually motivated by anger, spite, or ill-will. It typically involves a deliberate disregard for the well-being or rights of others and can manifest in various actions or behaviors intending to inflict harm or damage. Malicious acts can include physical violence, deceit, sabotage, defamation, or any other deliberate act that causes harm or distress to another person.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Malicenoun

    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

  2. Malicenoun

    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

  3. Maliceverb

    to regard with extreme ill will


  1. Malice

    Malice is the name of four separate fictional comic book supervillains in the Marvel Comics universe. The original Malice was a minion of Killmonger, an enemy of Black Panther. The second was a short-lived Ghost Rider villain. The last two villains bearing the name Malice are disembodied entities, the first of which possesses Susan Richards of the Fantastic Four, and the second is an evil mutant appearing in X-Men comics.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Malice

    mal′is, n. ill-will: spite: disposition to harm others: deliberate mischief: intention to harm another.—adj. Malic′ious, bearing ill-will or spite: moved by hatred or ill-will: having mischievous intentions.—adv. Malic′iously.—n. Malic′iousness. [Fr.,—L. malitiamalus, bad.]

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  1. claime

  2. maleic

  3. melica

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of malice in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of malice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of malice in a Sentence

  1. Lot Chakonza:

    Had malice not become a trusted friend to humankind, I should have applauded all technical endeavours.

  2. Eric Hoffer:

    There is probably an element of malice in the readiness to overestimate people; we are laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size.

  3. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    Malice drinks one half of its own poison.

  4. New Zealander Phil Blackwood:

    I believe the law says the act must be deliberate, require malice with intent to offend, i have said a number of times, there was no intent.

  5. Anonymous:

    Hanlon's RazorNever attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

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