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malice,

in law, an intentional violation of the law of crimes or tortstort,
in law, the violation of some duty clearly set by law, not by a specific agreement between two parties, as in breach of contract. When such a duty is breached, the injured party has the right to institute suit for compensatory damages.
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 that injures another person. Malice need not involve a malignant spirit or the definite intent to do harm. To prove malice, it is sufficient to show the willful doing of an injurious act without what is considered a lawful excuse. A malicious state of mind may be inferred from reckless and wanton acts that a normal person should know might produce or threaten injury to others. Malice aforethought is a technical element of murdermurder,
criminal homicide, usually distinguished from manslaughter by the element of malice aforethought. The most direct case of malicious intent occurs when the killer is known to have adopted the deliberate intent to commit the homicidal act at some time before it is actually
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. In libel and slander cases, malice consists of publishing material out of spite or with evil intent, with a reckless disregard for its truth or falsity (see New York Times Company v. SullivanNew York Times Company v. Sullivan,
case decided in 1964 by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1960, the Times ran a fundraising advertisement signed by civil-rights leaders that criticized, among other things, certain actions of the Montgomery, Ala., police department.
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malice

Law the state of mind with which an act is committed and from which the intent to do wrong may be inferred
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The Countess's maliciously smart description of her, addressed to Doctor Wybrow, had not even hinted at the charm that most distinguished Agnes--the artless expression of goodness and purity which instantly attracted everyone who approached her.
Maliciously to ascribe to another vicious actions which
From beneath shaggy, beetling brows they glared maliciously upon him, maliciously and with a keen curiosity; then Tarzan entered the cabin and closed the door after him.
In reality, to depreciate a book maliciously, or even wantonly, is at least a very ill-natured office; and a morose snarling critic may, I believe, be suspected to be a bad man.
When I had said this unto Life, then laughed she maliciously, and shut her eyes.
You should try Lucille," she suggested maliciously.
Seeley is accused of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Mr Marsh.
Ryan pleaded guilty to maliciously wounding Lewis on January 5 when they lived in Wrexham.
Stephen Graham, crew manager at Stockton fire station, said: "Someone had maliciously set fire to his front door.
He is accused within those days to have "unlawfully and maliciously wounded" her with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The arriving units found that a sprinkler head in a third floor men's room had been maliciously damaged causing the flooding of the third floor hallways and classrooms," according to a press release issued by the Police Department.
In the space of a few minutes I was surrounded by a hyped-up crowd, jostled by a group of teenagers, maliciously pushed by a middleaged bloke and forced to cling on to my boys for dear life as they were swamped by an unyielding mass of people.