Malice vs Terror - What's the difference?

malice | terror |

As nouns the difference between malice and terror

is that malice is intention to harm or deprive in an illegal or immoral way desire to take pleasure in another's misfortune while terror is terror.




  • Intention to harm or deprive in an illegal or immoral way. Desire to take pleasure in another's misfortune.
  • * 1981 , , Valis , ISBN 0-553-20594-3, page 67:
  • not only was there no gratitude (which he could psychologically handle) but downright malice showed itself instead.


    * ill will * wickedness * evilness

    Derived terms

    * malicious


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    Alternative forms

    * terrour (obsolete or hypercorrect)


  • (uncountable) Intense dread, fright, or fear.
  • (countable) Specific instance of being intensely terrified.
  • * 1794 , (William Godwin),
  • The terrors with which I was seizedwere extreme.
  • (uncountable) The action or quality of causing dread; terribleness, especially such qualities in narrative fiction.
  • * 1921', (Edith Birkhead), ''The tale of '''terror : a study of the Gothic romance
  • (countable) Something or someone that causes such fear.
  • * 1841 , (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • The terrors of the storm
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  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients, chapter=1 , passage=A chap named Eleazir Kendrick and I had chummed in together the summer afore and built a fish-weir and shanty at Setuckit Point, down Orham way. For a spell we done pretty well. Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand.}}

    Derived terms

    * terrorism * terrorist * terrorize, terrorized, terrorizing * reign of terror

    See also

    * alarm * fright * consternation * dread * dismay