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with malice aforethought

Intentionally and malevolently; not innocently or by accident. The phrase is usually used humorously to mimic legal language. Don't give me that innocent look. You ate the last piece of pie with malice aforethought!
See also: aforethought, malice

malice aforethought

The calculated, premeditated intention to harm or kill. Outside of legal writing, the phrase is often used humorously or sarcastically. During the sentencing, the defendant's lawyers argued that the death penalty should be reserved for those who killed with malice aforethought. Don't give me that innocent look. You ate the last piece of pie with malice aforethought!
See also: aforethought, malice

malice aforethought

the intention to kill or harm which is held to distinguish unlawful killing from murder.
See also: aforethought, malice

with ˌmalice aˈforethought

(law) with the deliberate intention of committing a crime or harming somebody: Suddenly Guy, more by way of a nervous twitch than with malice aforethought, pulled the trigger.
See also: aforethought, malice
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Beleaguered conservative professors, increasingly alienated from a university world that has deliberately (with malice aforethought, one might say) alienated itself from the best traditions of Western civilization, are seeking precisely an escape into a realm where devotion to learning is not subverted by a radical political and social agenda.
Therefore, the crime of murder, which carries the most severe punishments in the English legal system (life imprisonment), is considered a common law offense (a crime included in jurisprudence and one with no definition in a legal text), being defined by Coke as the following: "Murder is when a man of sound memory, and the age of discretion, unlawfully killeth within any county of the realm any reasonable creature in rerum natura under the king's peace, with malice aforethought, either expressed by the party or implied by law, so as the party wounded, or hurt etc.
In a communique made public on Friday, the Ministry specifies that those attacks were not aforethought, reasserting the respect it vows to journalistic work and the citizen's right to demonstrate peacefully.
At his trial 42 years ago, Sirhan confessed to the crime and declared he had committed it "with 20 years of malice aforethought.
Israel, he said, wanted "Turkish recognition that Israel did not act with malice aforethought and that Israel's soldiers acted in self-defense.
that there will be Turkish recognition that Israel did not act with malice aforethought and that Israel's soldiers acted in self defence," Netanyahu said.
Hair ruthlessly yanked back to increase his glare, he gleams with almost orgasmic sotto-voce malice aforethought and hurls imperious threats of imprisonment in tones of shiveringly polite disdain.
In a letter to the Huffington Post, I said that I thought the article was a joke, but that I should have noticed the word 'mishap' in the article's title, when what had happened was piracy aforethought that ended with several people killed.
Davis struck Fisher with a glancing blow and then he cracked Gasol with malice aforethought.
Taylor, who was sent-off for the tackle, primarily because of the severity of what happened to Eduardo's leg and ankle, not because there was malice aforethought - that's what Mike Dean told him several weeks later when he officiated Taylor and Blues again.
With malice aforethought he planned the heist How many commandments violated?
It is difficult to tell how much of the misinformation published about government and politics in the Arab world is the result of malice aforethought or just plain ignorance.
No educator should ever jump into practical testing without having given it some serious aforethought.
An enemy who attacked the United States with malice and aforethought.
She went on to train at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and has worked steadily ever since, appearing in dramas like North and South, Malice Aforethought and Sharpe's Challenge.