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.
the quality or state of being malevolent; malice; spitefulness; ill will
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 malevolÄ“ns (“malevolent").