malice aforethought

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malice aforethought

Criminal law
1. the predetermination to do an unlawful act, esp to kill or seriously injure
2. the intent with which an unlawful killing is effected, which must be proved for the crime to constitute murder
References in classic literature ?
To do her justice, she really believed Anne had made Diana drunk out of sheer malice prepense,?
Beware of malice prepense, of chance-medley, and of manslaughter.
I have put in this chapter on fighting of malice prepense, partly because I want to give you a true picture of what everyday school life was in my time, and not a kid-glove and go-to- meeting-coat picture, and partly because of the cant and twaddle that's talked of boxing and fighting with fists nowadays.