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Is there a noun for the opposite of "gift"? I want to use in a context like, "A kind word can be a gift but a kind word said in malice is not a gift. It is a ____." Something that means like a gifting debit, a withdrawal rather than a contribution. What is a good noun for this?

  • How about a theft? – TRomano Dec 4 '15 at 17:53
  • Liability, obligation, deficit, invoice, albatross, assessment. – Hot Licks Dec 4 '15 at 17:57
  • And, probably the most obvious for that specific context, theft. – Hot Licks Dec 4 '15 at 18:54
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    I would do away with kind all together in the second part: "A kind word is like a gift, but a word said in malice is like a knife" – Mari-Lou A Dec 4 '15 at 19:39
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A Trojan Horse is a "gift" given with malicious intent. If you have ever heard of Trojan programs, they are called that for this specific reason.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_Horse

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_horse_(computing)

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