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I am not interested in hearing malicious gossip.
  wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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malicious malice maliciously maliciousness
Word Prefix:  Note that "mal" often means "bad".
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  • I am not interested in hearing malicious gossip.
  • Words can be like baseball bats when used maliciously.
    Sidney Madwed
  • took malicious pleasure in...watching me wince
  • I have already begged you so to conduct yourself in society so that even malicious tongues can find nothing to say against you.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina

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  • "All things happen for a purpose," she said, any sign of malice now gone from her voice.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • They looked harmless enough, as if they didn’t bear any malice,
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • what malice was between you?
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • And if I guess rightly there’s a spice of malice in his soul towards me too.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • And hobbits as miserable slaves would please him far more than hobbits happy and free. There is such a thing as malice and revenge.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • A circlet of gold wreathed his head, and even in death his eyes were alive with malice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth

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  • He says he never mean to lay de weight uh his hand on me in malice.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • I used to think that cruelty required malice, but that is not true. [Jeanine] ... is cruel because she doesn’t care what she does, as long as it fascinates her. I may as well be a puzzle or...
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Shylock, the world thinks, and I think so too,
    That thou but leadest this fashion of thy malice
    To the last hour of act; and then, ’tis thought,
    Thou’lt show thy mercy and remorse, more strange
    Than is thy strange apparent cruelty;
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • How malicious is my fortune, that I must repent to be just!
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Obie smiled in delicious malice.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • She remembered the cave in Resurrection Bay where she’d worked to raise Alcyoneus—the oppressive sense of malice and the constant boom, boom, boom, like Gaea’s heartbeat.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • His eyes glittered. Such malice was in them that men stepped back from him.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • The great thing is to direct the malice to his immediate neighbors whom he meets every day and to thrust his benevolence out to the remote circumference, to people he does not know.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • and yet, by the very fangs of malice I swear, I am not that I play.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • She was loaded to the eyelids with cold malice.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • And, on my life, his malice ’gainst the lady will suddenly break forth.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • Nor, when he had seen that it was no use, that he did not possess in himself the power to move fundamentally or to hold Judy Jones, did he bear any malice toward her.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • A wild light flamed in his eyes, but his malice was no longer matched by his old griping strength. Frodo flung him off and rose up quivering.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • I can just see that chick someday looking down at some poor cat on an operating table and before she starts to slice him, she says . . . (Pulling his sleeves back maliciously) "By the way, what are your views on civil rights down there? "
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • Her expression was so full of delighted malice, so intelligent, above all so intimate that I felt ashamed and looked away.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • With malice toward none, with charity for all...
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
  • More out of malice than integrity,
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • Thorolf yelled, pushing common soldiers aside, roughly but without malice, and shouldering past officers.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • [With a smile of malice.]
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • and Loila-Wossiky knew that there was malice and ridicule in the voices that said it and the voices that laughed.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • And Rogojin burst out laughing, this time with unconcealed malice, as though he were glad that he had been able to find an opportunity for giving vent to it.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful,
    Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • they are cunning, malicious, treacherous, and revengeful.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Malfoy elbowed past Hermione to block Harry’s way up the stone steps to the castle, his face gleeful and his pale eyes glinting maliciously.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Just recall to your mind what these malicious creatures wrote in the papers about papa, and how horribly they slandered him.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • "I think I can rely on you, citoyen soldiers," laughed Chauvelin, maliciously, "to give this old liar the best and soundest beating he has ever experienced."
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • She alone had known how to outsmart the malicious mountain Ka’t’sina who imprisoned the rain clouds in the northwest room of his magical house.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • ...announcing to no one in particular but with a sort of malicious glee: "Well, sailors, grit your teeth. It’s twenty below, for sure."
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • Three of four faces looked at him with malicious amusement:
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • fight maliciously
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • "Long ago," she says, "when man knew not greed, malice, tribe, nor clan, jinn walked the earth."
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Even in the dim light, Bella could see the malice gleaming in her eyes.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Not really maliciously, and maybe he even notes a hint of real flirtation in there somewhere.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Lindsey bolted upright, staring at Katrina with a gathering malice.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • His eyes glitter with malice.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • There was less bulimia and more fights than I had known as an undergrad, but the same feminine ethos was present—empathetic camaraderie and bawdy humor on good days, and histrionic dramas coupled with meddling, malicious gossip on bad days.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • In a landmark ruling, New York Times v. Sullivan changed the standard for defamation and libel by requiring plaintiffs to prove malice—that is, evidence of actual knowledge on the part of the publisher that a statement is false.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • There was a malicious glitter in his eye.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • My initial impulse is to tell Veronica how she’s absolutely right, how in this world (or the one we’ve made) beauty is the scantest blessing, and how, despite the appearance of ever-bestowed glory and celebration, it is mostly malice and misery that are returned to the bearer.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • If you didn’t know her, you’d think her zest comes from malice.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
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Associated words [difficulty]:   malicious [1] , malevolent [2] , malignant [2] , malady [3] , malign [4] , malinger [5] , malaise [6] , malediction [6] , malfeasance [6] , malpractice [6] , malodorous [7] , malcontent [8] , malefactor [8] , maladroit [9]
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