from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A desire to harm others or to see others suffer; extreme ill will or spite.
- n. Law The intent, without just cause or reason, to commit a wrongful act that will result in harm to another.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Intention to harm or deprive in an illegal or immoral way. Desire to take pleasure in another's misfortune.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To regard with extreme ill will.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Badness; bad quality.
- n. Evil; harm; a malicious act; also, evil influence.
- n. A propensity to inflict injury or suffering, or to take pleasure in the misfortunes of another or others; active ill-will, whether from natural disposition or special impulse; enmity; hatred: sometimes used in a lighter sense. See malicious, 1.
- n. In law, a design or intention of doing mischief to another; the evil intention (either actual or implied) with which one deliberately, and without justification or excuse, does a wrongful act which is injurious to others.
- n. Synonyms Ill-will, Enmity, etc. (see animosity); maliciousness, venom, spitefulness, depravity.
- To regard with malice; bear extreme ill-will to; also, to envy and hate.
- n. The common dwarf mallow, Malta rotundifolia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. feeling a need to see others suffer
- n. the quality of threatening evil
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin malitia, from malus, bad; see mel-3 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin malitia ("badness, bad quality, ill-will, spite"), from malus ("bad"). (Wiktionary)