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 remark spite 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
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'malevolence.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.