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1. The doing of harm; mischief.
2. Harmful or malicious nature or quality.

[Latin maleficentia, from maleficus, malefic; see malefic.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.maleficence - doing or causing evil
malevolence, malignity - wishing evil to others
beneficence - doing good; feeling beneficent
2.maleficence - the quality or nature of being harmful or evilmaleficence - 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
References in classic literature ?
Even when thou art gentle towards them, they still feel themselves despised by thee; and they repay thy beneficence with secret maleficence.
Beauchamp and Childress' seminal text, Principles of Biomedical Ethics, introduced the healthcare community to the four ethical principles: autonomy, non maleficence, beneficence, and justice (Beauchamp & Childress, 1979).
A jail term alone for a 'fugitive' or whatever does not satisfy the people who are affected by the maleficence of the rich and powerful.
Cheating scandals, altering test scores, or other maleficence have occurred in Ohio, Washington, D.
The space that all thought in the backdrop of the ongoing operation is not there and were the MQM to clean itself off the attached maleficence, it can continue to hold sway over Karachi's politics.
For these protagonists, maleficence and transgression can be openly displayed while the population remains cynically indifferent.
Also, the buyer does not have absolute clarity of ownership-it is very likely that ownership disputes on these properties will emerge in the future as confusion or maleficence creeps into transactions.