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1. The doing of harm; mischief.
2. Harmful or malicious nature or quality.
[Latin maleficentia, from maleficus, malefic; see malefic.]
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|Noun||1.||maleficence - doing or causing evil|
beneficence - doing good; feeling beneficent
|2.||maleficence - the quality or nature of being harmful or evil|
evilness, evil - the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice; "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"
beneficence - the quality of being kind or helpful or generous
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