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Malice prepense

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Malice prepense malice previously and deliberately entertained.
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Usage

In literature:

They did not go to work, with malice prepense, to weave allegories and apologues.
"Myths and Myth-Makers" by John Fiske
Or is it an outcry made with malice prepense?
"Roundabout Papers" by William Makepeace Thackeray
I believe it was with malice prepense!
"The Young Step-Mother" by Charlotte M. Yonge
I have heard his story, and there certainly was no malice prepense on his part to kill your daughter.
"Tales of Old Japan" by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
Malice prepense does not excuse a murder, though it makes it more interesting.
"The Poetry Of Robert Browning" by Stopford A. Brooke
Indeed, her whole attire, peculiar (and very ugly, I thought it) as it was, was so by malice prepense on her part.
"Records of a Girlhood" by Frances Ann Kemble
Probably about 50 shells have been sent with malice prepense inside the town.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
If it is an affair of malice prepense, there will be war, for the laws of England require war if blood royal be spilt.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
But I was doing it with malice prepense, and I was doing it for a purpose.
"Princess Zara" by Ross Beeckman
A man of dignity doesn't like to seem to bear tales with malice prepense.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
For the same reason, Macaulay's genuine eloquence is marred by the symptoms of malice prepense.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
But I do it, not of malice prepense, but as in duty bound.
"A Modern Symposium" by G. Lowes Dickinson
This is an act of treason, done by malice prepense!
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. VIII" by Various
He committed murder in the first degree with malice prepense.
"The Law of Hemlock Mountain" by Hugh Lundsford
There was malice prepense in the mind that contrived that fearful barrier.
"Barren Honour: A Novel" by George A. Lawrence
One man, either through ungovernable passion or malice prepense, takes the life of another.
"A Book Written by the Spirits of the So-Called Dead" by C. G. Helleberg
When a sperm whale destroys a boat with his flukes, it is probably accident; but he bites with malice prepense and pernicious.
"The Sea Bride" by Ben Ames Williams
When he attempted it of malice prepense it was often laboriously unfunny.
"Americanisms and Briticisms" by Brander Matthews
Several rifles and revolvers, which the haste of the previous surrender, or malice prepense, had overlooked, were now included.
"White Fire" by John Oxenham
Murder consists of three parts, the malice prepense, the blow inflicted or means employed, and the death ensuing, within a time prescribed by law.
"Dealings with the Dead, Volume I (of 2)" by A Sexton of the Old School
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