One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The intention to kill or harm, which is held to distinguish unlawful killing from murder.
deliberateness, intentionality, intent, design, calculationView synonyms
- ‘Did he kill her with malice aforethought, willfully, deliberately?’
- ‘If the jury decided that James lacked malice aforethought, he could still be found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, i.e., unlawful killing without malice aforethought.’
- ‘It is a classic case of cold-blooded murder with malice aforethought.’
- ‘Try to imagine, for a moment, an attacker armed with a knife coming at you with every intention of committing malice aforethought.’
- ‘Murder is unlawful homicide committed with malice aforethought.’
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