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adjective ma·lev·o·lent \mə-ˈle-və-lənt\

: having or showing a desire to cause harm to another person

Full Definition of MALEVOLENT

:  having, showing, or arising from intense often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred
:  productive of harm or evil
ma·lev·o·lent·ly adverb

Examples of MALEVOLENT

  1. <the novel grossly oversimplified the conflict as a struggle between relentlessly malevolent villains on one side and faultless saints on the other>
  2. There was no acknowledgment of the effects of cycle upon cycle of malevolent defeat, of the injury of seeing one generation rise above the cusp of poverty only to be indignantly crushed, of the impact of repeating tsunamis of violence … —Douglas A. Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name, 2008


Latin malevolent-, malevolens, from male badly + volent-, volens, present participle of velle to wish — more at mal-, will
First Known Use: 1509

Rhymes with MALEVOLENT

MALEVOLENT Defined for Kids


adjective ma·lev·o·lent \mə-ˈle-və-lənt\

Definition of MALEVOLENT for Kids

:  having or showing a desire to cause harm to another person <Christy and Megan … were whispering over on the other side of the room and casting malevolent looks in Mary Lou's direction. — Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons>


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