maleficence


ma·lef·i·cence

noun \mə-ˈle-fə-sən(t)s\

Definition of MALEFICENCE

1
a :  the act of committing harm or evil
b :  a harmful or evil act
2
:  the quality or state of being maleficent

Origin of MALEFICENCE

Italian maleficenza, from Latin maleficentia, from maleficus
First Known Use: 1598

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