Examples of malevolent in a Sentence
- There was no acknowledgment of the effects of cycle upon cycle of malevolent defeat, of the injury of seeing one generation rise above the cusp of poverty only to be indignantly crushed, of the impact of repeating tsunamis of violence … —Douglas A. Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name, 2008
- The sky looks heavy enough to sink and crush us when we see another twister bullying across the fields—a squat, malevolent-looking wedge. —Priit J. Vesilind, National Geographic, April 2004
- No bigger than most house cats, it is possessed of such formidable armor and malevolent mien that when the makers of the latest Godzilla epic went looking for a prototype, they selected this lizard … —Peter Benchley, National Geographic, April 1999
- The predominant spirit is very un-American; a kind of malevolent, drifting determinism pervades human beings who cannot, or do not want to, cope. —John Fowles, Atlantic, August 1986
the novel grossly oversimplified the conflict as a struggle between relentlessly malevolent villains on one side and faultless saints on the other
Recent Examples of malevolent from the Web
The unstated reason for the shorter visas is that the U.S. government can keep students with malevolent intentions on a shorter leash.
Searching for answers in the spirit world, Annie befriends an older woman named Joan (Ann Dowd), who helps her understand that the persistent woes the Grahams have experienced may serve a larger malevolent purpose.
Shulaya is a vor of a particular kind—not the biggest or baddest on his own, but a member of a vast, malevolent network that made his operation possible.
But as humans in general are seeing less malevolent possibilities in robotic aircraft, people who make art are finding inventive ways to use it.
The Supreme Court was describing something more malevolent than mere racial classifications.
At the local Video Hut where Jeremy works as a clerk, someone begins splicing violent, vaguely malevolent scenes into the tapes, and his Idaho town is shaken.
There have been plenty of summer blockbusters through the decades, but few of them rely on the actual time of year as much as this 1996 hit in which Earth is brought to the brink of destruction by a malevolent alien force.
Even without malevolent actors, search engines may be perpetuating racist stereotypes.
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On the Origin of malevolent
That malevolent begins with male- does not imply any connection with gender. The word's initial component comes ultimately from the Latin adverb male "badly"; English male "a man or a boy," by contrast, descends from the unrelated Latin noun masculus "male." Malevolent was taken into English directly from the Latin malevolens "ill-disposed, spiteful," which paired male with volens, the present participle of a verb meaning "to wish." In Latin, the combination literally meant "wishing ill." The "wishing" component of malevolent may also be found in its antonym benevolent "kind and generous" (from Latin benevolens, literally, "wishing well") and in a rare English word, somnivolency ("a sleep-inducing agent"), in which it is yoked with somni- "sleep" (from Latin somnus) in a compound literally meaning "inclination to sleep."
MALEVOLENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of malevolent for English Language Learners
: having or showing a desire to cause harm to another person
MALEVOLENT Defined for Kids
Definition of malevolent for Students
- Christy and Megan … were whispering over on the other side of the room and casting malevolent looks in Mary Lou's direction.
- —Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons
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