- Malevolence is defined as the practice of wishing evil on others.
Being motivated by a desire for creating evil or ill will is an example of malevolence.
Origin of malevolenceMiddle English malyvolence ; from Old French malivolence ; from Classical Latin malevolentia
- The quality or state of being malevolent.
- Malevolent behavior.
Origin of malevolenceMiddle English, from Old French malivolence, from Latin malevolentia, from malevolēns, malevolent-, malevolent : male, badly; see mel-3 in Indo-European roots + volēns, present participle of velle, to want; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Hostile attitude or feeling.
- To show someone malevolence.
- He said it with malevolence.
- Behavior exhibiting a hostile attitude.
From the Latin malevolentia (“malevolence”), derived from malevolēns (“malevolent”).