AskDefine | Define malevolent

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malevolent adj
1 wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred; "a gossipy malevolent old woman"; "failure made him malevolent toward those who were successful" [syn: malicious] [ant: benevolent]
2 extremely malevolent or malicious; "the malignant tongues of gossipers" [syn: malignant]
3 having or exerting a malignant influence; "malevolent stars"; "a malefic force" [syn: malefic, malign, evil]

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English

Etymology

Latin, from male 'ill' + velle 'to wish'.

Adjective

  1. having or displaying ill will; wishing harm on others
  2. having an evil or harmful influence

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Translations

having or displaying ill will; wishing harm on others
having an evil or harmful influence
  • Japanese: marefikku (マレフィック)

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