Definition of maleficence
1a : the act of committing harm or evilb : a harmful or evil act
2 : the quality or state of being maleficent
Origin and Etymology of maleficence
Italian maleficenza, from Latin maleficentia, from maleficus
First Known Use: 1598See Words from the same year
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