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Harmful or malicious in intent or effect.


causing or capable of producing evil or mischief; harmful or baleful
[C17: from Latin maleficent-, from maleficus wicked, prone to evil, from malum evil]
maˈlefic adj
maˈlefically adv
maˈleficence n


(məˈlɛf ə sənt)

evil or harmful; malicious.
ma•lef′i•cence, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.maleficent - harmful or evil in intent or effectmaleficent - harmful or evil in intent or effect
malign - evil or harmful in nature or influence; "prompted by malign motives"; "believed in witches and malign spirits"; "gave him a malign look"; "a malign lesion"
beneficent - doing or producing good; "the most beneficent regime in history"
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It was something that was being awakened in him, an image incarnate of outward conditions, as cruel, as ugly, as maleficent as were those outward conditions.
They identified the suspect Chinese imports of Maleficent dolls and seized them before they could go on sale to the public.
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The trouble-making kids of Aladdin's Jafar, Snow White's evil Queen, 101 Dalmatians' Cruella De Vil and Maleficent get a shot at redemption at a school in an idyllic kingdom.
FOR Angelina Jolie, Maleficent , her last film as an actor, has been more than just an assignment.
The star was joined by daughters Shiloh, The star was joined by daughters Shiloh, eight, and Zahara, 10, at the eight, and Zahara, 10, at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice awards - where she was Kids' Choice awards - where she was named Best Villain for Maleficent.
2 MALEFICENT (2014) A RETELLING of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale from the viewpoint of a vengeful fairy.
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MALEFICENT (PG) KING Henry (Kenneth Cranham) is a greedy monarch, who yearns to expand his kingdom by conquering the forest realm where Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) holds sway.