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noun ma·lef·i·cence \mə-ˈle-fə-sən(t)s\

Definition of maleficence

  1. 1 a :  the act of committing harm or evil b :  a harmful or evil act

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being maleficent

Origin and Etymology of maleficence

Italian maleficenza, from Latin maleficentia, from maleficus

First Known Use: 1598

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