Origin of malevolentOld French malivolent from Classical Latin malevolens (gen. malevolentis) from male, evil (see mal-) + volens, present participle of velle, to wish: see will
Malevolent is defined as someone or something that is harmful or evil.
An example of someone malevolent is the wicked queen in the story of Snow White.
- Having or exhibiting ill will; wishing harm to others; malicious.
- Having a harmful influence: malevolent stars.
Origin of malevolentLatin malevolēns malevolent-; see malevolence .
(comparative more malevolent, superlative most malevolent)
- Now I recalled every detail of that meeting and in my mind gave him the most malevolent and bitter replies.
- If Lancaster should justify the malevolent rumours that were afloat by making a snatch at the crown, the last state of the realm might be worse than the first.
- Gossip is hurtful and mean, and cannot be described as anything but malevolent.
- Detective Digby was determined to thwart the schemes of the malevolent criminal.
- Very rarely do I meet a human being who is as malevolent as my cousin Bob.