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malefic

[muh-lef-ik]
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  1. productive of evil; malign; doing harm; baneful: a malefic spell.
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Origin of malefic

First recorded in 1645–55, malefic is from the Latin word maleficus evil-doing, wicked. See male-, -fic
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Historical Examples

  • A sort of malefic magnetism exuded from every pore of his skin.

    Bunch Grass

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • What malefic jest of Fate led her to select the story of Georgie-Porgie?

    Wandering Heath

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • We consider ourselves as soldiers waging battle against the blind, malefic forces of nature.

  • The malefic Powers of savages have generally been absorbed by higher beings or have otherwise disappeared.

  • Saturn and Mars are causers of evil or malefic; the first from his excess of cold, and the other from his excess of heat.


Word Origin and History for malefic

adj.

1650s, from Latin maleficus "wicked, vicious, criminal," from male "ill" (see mal-) + -ficus, from stem of facere "to make, do" (see factitious).

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