malice, malevolence, ill will, spite, malignity, spleen, grudge mean the desire to see another experience pain, injury, or distress. malice implies a deep-seated often unexplainable desire to see another suffer.
felt no malice toward their former enemies malevolence suggests a bitter persistent hatred that is likely to be expressed in malicious conduct.
a look of dark malevolenceill will implies a feeling of antipathy of limited duration.
ill will provoked by a careless remarkspite implies petty feelings of envy and resentment that are often expressed in small harassments.
petty insults inspired by spitemalignity implies deep passion and relentlessness.
a life consumed by motiveless malignityspleen suggests the wrathful release of latent spite or persistent malice.
venting his spleen against politicians grudge implies a harbored feeling of resentment or ill will that seeks satisfaction.
never one to harbor a grudge
Examples of malevolence in a Sentence
only mindless malevolence would explain this cruel vandalism
Recent Examples on the WebThere’s a kind of malevolence that looms large precisely because its purview is so paltry.
New York Times, 28 June 2022 Danger! — an overwhelming emblem of colonial malevolence.
Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 23 June 2022 After a long night of drinking and a random bedroom romp with one of the restaurant-goers (Kim Dong-Seok), who will soon enough be confronted by her malevolence, Freddie heads to the adoption center.
Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2022 Back then, Coriolanus Snow—the white-haired president of Panem, played with elegant malevolence by the incomparable Donald Sutherland in the four cinematic adaptations of Suzanne Collins’s best-selling trilogy—was only an ambitious teenager.
Radhika Seth, Vogue, 1 June 2022 For one: how Phil’s malevolence comes from a place of self-loathing and self-protection as a closeted gay man living in Montana in 1925.
Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2022 Ayosa wants to go and do, but tragedy and other people’s malevolence stalk her.
Nanjala Nyabola, Vogue, 26 Apr. 2022 In some ways, legal experts said, the imagery of civilians shot at close range conveys a more personal malevolence.
New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 But Cumberbatch, all tense, taut malevolence, dominates the proceedings.
Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Jan. 2022 See More
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