- 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.
malevolence definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English malyvolence ; from Old French malivolence ; from Classical Latin malevolentia
malevolence definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The quality or state of being malevolent.
- Malicious behavior.
Origin: Middle 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.