maleficence

noun ma·lef·i·cence \ 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 and Etymology of maleficence

Italian maleficenza, from Latin maleficentia, from maleficus


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