Origin of malevolenceMiddle English malyvolence from Old French malivolence from Classical Latin malevolentia
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.
- 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").
- The commanders met with polite bows but with secret malevolence in their hearts.
- With a sudden expression of malevolence on his aged face, Adraksin shouted at Pierre:
- The ascription of malevolence to the world of spirits is by no means universal.
- Differing as they did in politics, Gibbon's testimony to the genius and character of the great statesman is highly honourable to both: " Perhaps no human being," he says, " was ever more perfectly exempt from the taint of malevolence, vanity, or falsehood."
- The calamity of Jerusalem can only be the sack of the city by Nebuchadrezzar (586 B.C.); the malevolence and cruelty of Edom on this occasion are characterized in similar terms by several writers of the exile or subsequent periods, but by none with the same circumstance and vividness of detail as here (Ezek.