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malevolent

adjective

  1. (malicious)  wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred
    Similar to: malicious
  2. (maleficent)  having or exerting a malignant influence
    Synonyms: evil, malefic, malign. Similar to: maleficent

Etymology summary

Old French malivolent, from Latin malevolentem (nominative malevolens)...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

malevolent | malicious [synonym, sense-specific] | malevolence [noun, derived]

wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; malicious | [astrology] having an evil influence (14 of 426 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/malevolent

Merriam-Webster:

malevolent | bad [slang, synonym, sense-specific] | bitchy [synonym, sense-specific] | catty [synonym, sense-specific] | cruel [synonym, sense-specific] | despiteful [synonym, sense-specific] | hateful [synonym, sense-specific] | malicious [synonym, sense-specific] | malign [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

having, showing, or arising from intense often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred | productive of harm or evil (18 of 330 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/malevolent

Wikipedia:

Malevolence [disambiguation]

may refer to: Evil | Hostility | Malice (law) | Sadism | Malevolence (1999 film), a 1999 film starring Suzanne Snyder | Malevolence (film), a 2003 film by Stevan Mena | Malevolence (band), a heavy metal band | Malevolence (comics), a cosmic being from... (37 of 125 words, 11 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

malevolent | malevolently [derived]

having or showing a wish to do evil to others (10 of 62 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/malevolent

Random House Dictionary:

malevolent

wishing evil or harm to another or others; showing ill will; ill-disposed; malicious. | evil; harmful; injurious. | [astrology] evil or malign in ... (21 of 48 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/malevolent

Cambridge Dictionary:

malevolent [literary] | malevolence [noun, derived] | malevolently [adverb, derived]

causing or wanting to cause harm or evil (8 of 46 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/malevolent

Macmillan British Dictionary:

malevolent | malevolence [noun, uncountable, related] | malevolently [adverb, related]

showing that you want to do something bad to someone (10 of 39 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/malevolent

New World Dictionary:

malevolent | malevolently [adverb, related]

wishing evil or harm to others; having or showing ill will; malicious (12 of 37 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/malevolent

American Heritage Dictionary:

malevolent | malevolently [adverb, related]

Having or exhibiting ill will; wishing harm to others; malicious. | Having an evil or harmful influence (16 of 31 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/malevolent

Wiktionary:

malevolent | evil [synonym, sense-specific] | malicious [synonym, sense-specific] | benevolent [antonym, sense-specific]

having or displaying ill will; wishing harm on others | having an evil or harmful influence (15 of 19 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/malevolent

Encarta Dictionary:

malevolent

having or showing a desire to harm others | having a harmful or evil effect or influence (16 of 55 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861628006​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

malevolent

First use: about 1500

Origin: Old French malivolent, from Latin malevolentem (nominative malevolens) "ill-disposed, envious", from male "badly" + ... (16 of 27 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

malevolent

Origin: Old French malivolent from Latin malevolens (generally malevolentis) from male, evil (see "mal-") + volens, present ... (16 of 22 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

malevolent

First use: 1509

Origin: Latin malevolent-, malevolens, from male badly + volent-, volens, present participle of velle to wish, will

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/malevolent

Oxford Dictionary:

malevolent

First use: early 16th century

Origin: Latin malevolent- "wishing evil", from male "ill" + volent- "wishing" (from the verb velle)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/malevolent

Collins Dictionary:

malevolent

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin malevolens, from male ill + volens, present participle of velle to wish

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/malevolent

Wiktionary:

malevolent

Origin: Latin, from male ("ill") + velle ("to wish").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/malevolent

American Heritage Dictionary:

malevolent

Origin: Latin malevolēns, malevolent-; see "malevolence".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/malevolent

Encarta Dictionary:

malevolent

First use: Early 16th century

Origin: Directly or via Old French from Latin malevolent- from male "badly" + volent-, present participle of velle "wish"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861628006​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

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Cambridge Dictionary:

malevolent [literary]

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

malevolent

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

malevolent

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the Free Dictionary:

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Google Dictionary:

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

malevolent

Audio: North American pronunciation of "malevolent"

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YourDictionary Audio:

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Audio: North American English pronunciation of "malevolent" by speech synthesizer

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