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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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But one tires of all good things, and in the end, my father, chuckling maliciously the while, led the way across the trees.
Alban's sense of self-respect forbade him to try the experiment which Francine had maliciously suggested.
suggested Lady Lydiard, still watching her nephew as maliciously as ever.
He turned again to the Caryan figure, maliciously resolving to make the manager his witness.
You should try Lucille," she suggested maliciously.
I know he's always a saucy creature," said Rosa, poising herself on one of her little feet, and looking maliciously at Adolph.
And it will be wool, after all," said Rosa, maliciously shaking down her long, silky curls.
Trillanes said Gordon maliciously accused him and De Lima of deliberately allowing witness Edgar Matobato to leave the hearing.
We intend to file a bill that would penalize any person who maliciously creates or intentionally spread fake news in print, broadcast media or on the internet including social media websites," Villanueva said.
A Merseyside Police spokeswoman said: "We are investigating after a fire at the Adelphi, which we suspect was started maliciously.
THE trial of a breast surgeon charged with 21 counts of unlawfully and maliciously wounding patients could be moved elsewhere in the country.
Outlawed under the measure is the act of maliciously and willfully spreading, by word of mouth or in written, printed, electronic communications, such as but not limited to electronic mails and social media, or other means, the false presence or threats of bombs, explosives, incendiary devices, and other life-threatening materials such as, but not limited to, noxious gases, poisonous substances, and biological weapons.