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Pronunciation: (mal'is), [key]
1. desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another, either because of a hostile impulse or out of deep-seated meanness: the malice and spite of a lifelong enemy.
2. Law.evil intent on the part of a person who commits a wrongful act injurious to others.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

malic acidmalice aforethought
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