Aforethought



of previously; premeditated (usually used predicatively):
with malice aforethought.
premeditation; forethought.
Historical Examples

If a Frenchman is ever rude, he is rude with malice prepense and aforethought.
Lippincott’s Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 99, March, 1876 Various

Yet invective singles him out for its one object, and so betrays the aforethought malice of its inspiration.
The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini

adjective
(immediately postpositive) premeditated (esp in the phrase malice aforethought)
adj.

1580s, from afore + past tense of think. Apparently an English loan-translation of Old French legalese word prepense (see prepense) in malice prepense “malice aforethought” (Coke).

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