malevolent


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ma·lev·o·lent

 (mə-lĕv′ə-lənt)
adj.
1. Having or exhibiting ill will; wishing harm to others; malicious.
2. Having a harmful influence: malevolent stars.

[Latin malevolēns, malevolent-; see malevolence.]

ma·lev′o·lent·ly adv.

malevolent

(məˈlɛvələnt)
adj
1. wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; malicious
2. (Astrology) astrology having an evil influence
[C16: from Latin malevolens, from male ill + volens, present participle of velle to wish]
maˈlevolence n
maˈlevolently adv

ma•lev•o•lent

(məˈlɛv ə lənt)

adj.
1. wishing evil or harm to others; malicious.
2. producing harm or evil; injurious.
[1500–10; < Latin, s. of malevolēns ill-disposed =male- male- + volēns, present participle of velle to want, desire]
ma•lev′o•lence, n.
ma•lev′o•lent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.malevolent - wishing or appearing to wish evil to othersmalevolent - wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred; "a gossipy malevolent old woman"; "failure made him malevolent toward those who were successful"
malicious - having the nature of or resulting from malice; "malicious gossip"; "took malicious pleasure in...watching me wince"- Rudyard Kipling
2.malevolent - having or exerting a malignant influencemalevolent - having or exerting a malignant influence; "malevolent stars"; "a malefic force"
maleficent - harmful or evil in intent or effect

malevolent

malevolent

adjective
Characterized by intense ill will or spite:
Slang: bitchy.
Translations
سَيِئ القَصْد أو النيَّه، حاقِد
škodolibý
ondskabsfuld
sem óskar öîrum ills, meinfÿsinn
piktavališkaipiktavališkaspiktdžiugiškas
ļaunsnenovīdīgs
škodoradostný

malevolent

[məˈlevələnt] ADJmalévolo

malevolent

[məˈlɛvələnt] adjmalveillant(e)

malevolent

adjboshaft; godsübelwollend; actionböswillig; power, forceböse; fategrausam; presenceunheilvoll

malevolent

[məˈlɛvələnt] adjmalevolo/a

malevolent

(məˈlevələnt) adjective
wishing evil to others. The wicked old woman gave a malevolent smile.
maˈlevolently adverb
maˈlevolence noun
References in classic literature ?
Some malevolent spirit, doing his utmost to drive Hepzibah mad, unrolled before her imagination a kind of panorama, representing the great thoroughfare of a city all astir with customers.
Hester Prynne was now fully sensible of the deep injury for which she was responsible to this unhappy man, in permitting him to lie for so many years, or, indeed, for a single moment, at the mercy of one whose purposes could not be other than malevolent.
Yet, when this cherished volume was now placed in my hand--when I turned over its leaves, and sought in its marvellous pictures the charm I had, till now, never failed to find--all was eerie and dreary; the giants were gaunt goblins, the pigmies malevolent and fearful imps, Gulliver a most desolate wanderer in most dread and dangerous regions.
She knew full well that Miss Pross was the family's devoted friend; Miss Pross knew full well that Madame Defarge was the family's malevolent enemy.
Raising his great hands until they touched his chin, he rubbed them softly, and softly chuckled; looking as like a malevolent baboon, I thought, as anything human could look.
One person of mild and benevolent aspect even gave me a tract ornamented with a woodcut of a malevolent young man fitted up with a perfect sausage-shop of fetters, and entitled, TO BE READ IN MY CELL.
It was not in places of general resort, or where their equals were assembled, that any avaricious or malevolent noble durst offer him injury.
The girl's highly strung imagination, her affectionate and credulous mind, the primitive education which had surrounded her childhood with a circle of legends, the constant brooding over her dead father and, above all, the state of sublime ecstasy into which music threw her from the moment that this art was made manifest to her in certain exceptional conditions, as in the churchyard at Perros; all this seemed to him to constitute a moral ground only too favorable for the malevolent designs of some mysterious and unscrupulous person.
Don Quixote offered to mount guard over the castle lest they should be attacked by some giant or other malevolent scoundrel, covetous of the great treasure of beauty the castle contained.
In all grisettes there is something of the malevolent mischief of a monkey.
It is as if his heart were corrupted by a malevolent and brooding rancour.
At this period of their Quarrel I entered the Library and was as you may imagine equally offended as Sophia at the ill-grounded accusations of the malevolent and contemptible Macdonald.