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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.
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