Meaning of “malice” in the English Dictionary

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"malice" in British English

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malicenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈmæl.ɪs/ us /ˈmæl.ɪs/

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).
with malice aforethought specialized

To illegally harm someone with malice aforethought is to have thought about it and planned it before acting.

(Definition of “malice” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"malice" in American English

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malicenoun [ U ]

us /ˈmæl·ɪs/ law

the intention to do something wrong and esp. to cause injury:

An employee would have to prove an employer acted out of malice in order to sue.

(Definition of “malice” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)