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malice

noun [U] uk   /ˈmæl.ɪs/ us  
the wish to harm or upset other people: There certainly wasn't any malice in her comments.formal I bear him no malice (= do not want to harm or upset him).Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse with malice aforethought specialized To illegally harm someone with malice aforethought is to have thought about it and planned it before acting.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping
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