Malevolence Definition

mə-lĕvə-ləns
noun
The quality or state of being malevolent; malice; spitefulness; ill will.
Webster's New World
Malevolent behavior.
American Heritage
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.
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Antonyms:
benevolence

Origin of Malevolence

  • Middle English from Old French malivolence from Latin malevolentia from malevolēns malevolent- malevolent male badly mel-3 in Indo-European roots volēns present participle of velle to want wel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the Latin malevolentia (“malevolence"), derived from malevolÄ“ns (“malevolent").

    From Wiktionary

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