A conscious, intentional wrongdoing either of a civil wrong like libel or a criminal act like assault or murder, with the intention of doing harm to the victim. This intention includes ill-will, hatred, or total disregard for the other's well-being. Is an element in first degree murder. In a lawsuit for defamation it may increase the judgment to include general damages. Proof is absolutely necessary for a "public figure" to win a lawsuit for defamation.