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1. Having or exerting a malignant influence.
2. Malicious or harmful.

[Latin maleficus : male, ill; see mel- in Indo-European roots + -ficus, -fic.]


(məˈlɛf ɪk)

productive of evil; malign; harmful: a malefic spell.
[1645–55; < Latin maleficus evil-doing. See male-, -fic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.malefic - having or exerting a malignant influencemalefic - having or exerting a malignant influence; "malevolent stars"; "a malefic force"
maleficent - harmful or evil in intent or effect
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That dark history returns when Jennifer Dorey, a former Londoner who has come home, stumbles upon a string of mutilated bodies that bear the hallmarks of malefic rituals.
5) In this secular, bureaucratic cosmos, there is no moral injunction against seeking personal satisfaction for an injury unjustly sustained, nor even against doing so by means of malefic magic; the legitimacy of the magical 'denunciations' through which parties might attack and counter-attack one another depends solely upon the legal merit of the grievances which motivate them (BWL 132-5).
Samuel Beckett si tradujo "The malefic return": entiende que malefico es prosopopeya; lo es quien retorna, no el retorno; es quien (se) hace maleficios y hechiceria al escribir: "Better not to go back to the village, / to the ruined Eden lying silent / in the devastation of the shrapnel.
23) It is possible that the "sons of Resheph" are the malefic spirits whose proper place is Sheol.
The letter explores succinctly all of the malefic effects of a "passion violente" (396): pain, infidelity, deception, punishment, vengeance (on this, see also Hodgson).
They serve useful and malefic causes, as they help or endanger human specie .
Herbert's parson is not Fish's malefic supervisor and sentinel enthroned at the center of his parochial panopticon, surveying, judging, and chastising others, nor is he a sanctimonious hypocrite.
The renamed sword, still essentially malefic, represents the internal dilemma of this flawed hero, who cannot escape himself no matter how many times he changes his own name: it gives him "the power to make terrible mistakes" (Poudrier 36).
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The machine beneath him popped and spat, as if choking, until he cracked the throttle and it roared, throating its malefic intent.
The actor did not reveal much information about his and Tom Hiddleston's (Loki) role in the "Avengers: Age of Ultron" that brings together Marvel superheroes to fight against the eight feet tall robot and malefic force Ultron.