malignity :

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  • n  wishing evil to others
  • n  quality of being disposed to evil; intense ill will

  • He comes from a long line of lawmen, and is having trouble comprehending the rising tide of motiveless malignity in his jurisdiction.
  • That's the malignity that is really motiveless or hardest to understand.
  • The end of the 20th century is sorting out different styles of malignity.
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  • A final farewell
    Nothing is quite so unsettling as an untimely death. It throws us off, makes us unsure of where we stand, suggests a disordered malignity in the universe. That helps explain the visceral emotional reaction over the past week to the death of James Gandolfini, which was marked by a funeral...
    June 28, 2013 - New York Post

  • Thomas Jefferson in Rocky Mountain News
    In 1814 Thomas Jefferson wrote, "I deplore . . . the putrid state into which our newspapers have passed and the malignity, the vulgarity and mendacious spirit of those who write for them . . . This has, in a great degree, been produced by the...
  • Warren Burger in FindLaw
    There, Burger wrote approvingly that "Blackstone described 'the infamous crime against nature' as an offense of 'deeper malignity' than rape, a heinous act 'the very mention of which is a disgrace to human nature,' and 'a crime not fit to be named.'...

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