ma·​lef·​i·​cent | \ mə-ˈle-fə-sənt How to pronounce maleficent (audio) \

Definition of maleficent

: working or productive of harm or evil : baleful

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Under certain conditions, then, Ponzi principles are efficient not maleficent. The Economist, "Kicking the can down an endless road," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of maleficent

1678, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for maleficent

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