Malevolence is defined as the practice of wishing evil on others.(noun)
Being motivated by a desire for creating evil or ill will is an example of malevolence.
See malevolence in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME malyvolence < OFr malivolence < L malevolentia
See malevolence in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French malivolence
Origin: , from Latin malevolentia
Origin: , from malevolēns, malevolent-, malevolent
Origin: : male, badly; see mel-3 in Indo-European roots
Origin: + volēns
Origin: , present participle of velle, to want; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.
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