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.
- She saw the coldness and malevolence with which the old prince received and dismissed the young men, possible suitors, who sometimes appeared at their house.
- 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."