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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.]
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(məˈlɛf ɪk)

productive of evil; malign; harmful: a malefic spell.
[1645–55; < Latin maleficus evil-doing. See male-, -fic]
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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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CPEC, the so-called economy booster is a total malefic for the people of Balochistan where mega-projects are launched.
(20) That is to say, any malefic properties established in the raw material can be ameliorated if the sound or sound sequence manifests something auspicious through its referential powers.
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In ancient times there was also the "protest" suicide, the "revenge" suicide, and the "cursing" suicide--the execratio suicide -practiced in order to attract malefic forces over an unpunished culprit.
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She leaks, to a journalist at the Los Angeles Times, information about Abaddonn's illegal endeavors, sanctioned by its malefic founder.
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).
(23) It is possible that the "sons of Resheph" are the malefic spirits whose proper place is Sheol.
The decrease in tensile strength was unexpected, so further investigation as to the cause of the observed malefic was warranted.