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məˈlɛv ə ləntmalev·o·lent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. malevolentadjective

    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, eviladjective

    having or exerting a malignant influence

    "malevolent stars"; "a malefic force"


  1. malevolentadjective

    having or displaying ill will; wishing harm on others

  2. malevolentadjective

    having an evil or harmful influence

  3. Etymology: from male + velle.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Malevolentadjective

    Ill-disposed towards others; unfavourable; malignant.

    Etymology: malevolus, Latin.

    I have thee in my arms,
    Though our malevolent stars have struggled hard,
    And held us long asunder. John Dryden, King Arthur.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Malevolentadjective

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Malevolent

    mal-ev′o-lent, adj. wishing evil: ill-disposed towards others: rejoicing in another's misfortune: envious: malicious—also Malev′olous.—n. Malev′olence.—adv. Malev′olently. [L. male, badly, volens, pr.p. of velle, to wish.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of malevolent in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of malevolent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of malevolent in a Sentence

  1. Martin Prieb:

    The suggestion, implication, or even correlation that the FOP would in any way associate itself with a racist hate group is a sign of just how biased, malevolent, and extreme the media is in their antipathy toward the police, the FOP is the sworn enemy of black people, the sworn enemy of black people, RushsaidSaturday. The FOP has always taken the position that black people can be shot down in the street by members of the Chicago Police Department, and suffer no consequences.

  2. Bruce Rogow:

    You could look at things in a malevolent way or you could look at things in a different way.

  3. Joss Whedon:

    We’re talking about a malevolent force, we’re talking about a bad actor in both senses.

  4. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly:

    The fact remains that we are not immune to terrorist threats and that our enemies often use our own freedoms and generosity against us, we cannot risk the prospect of malevolent actors using our immigration system to take American lives.

  5. Kwon Ji-an:

    I'd gotten treatment out of desperation that I really wanted to live, i don't get hurt any more even though I see those malevolent online comments, but now is time to discuss it as a serious social issue.

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  • Sherry Kerbs
    Sherry Kerbs
    I failed "Man 101" thanks for the enlightenment, I greatly appreciate you
    LikeReply 25 years ago
    • Marina Grin
      Marina Grin
      You're welcome! Glad we could help... :)
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