Definitions for malevolentməˈlɛv ə lənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ma•lev•o•lentməˈlɛv ə lənt(adj.)

  1. wishing evil or harm to others; malicious.

  2. producing harm or evil; injurious.

Origin of malevolent:

1500–10; < L, s. of malevolēns ill-disposed =male-male - +volēns, prp. of velle to want, desire


Princeton's WordNet

  1. malevolent(adj)

    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"

  2. malefic, malevolent, malign, evil(adj)

    having or exerting a malignant influence

    "malevolent stars"; "a malefic force"


  1. malevolent(Adjective)

    having or displaying ill will; wishing harm on others

  2. malevolent(Adjective)

    having an evil or harmful influence

  3. Origin: from male + velle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Malevolent(adj)

    wishing evil; disposed to injure others; rejoicing in another's misfortune

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wishing evil to others

The wicked old woman gave a malevolent smile.

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