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[muh-lef-ik] /məˈlɛf ɪk/
productive of evil; malign; doing harm; baneful:
a malefic spell.
Origin of malefic
First recorded in 1645-55, malefic is from the Latin word maleficus evil-doing, wicked. See male-, -fic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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.

  • But if the malefic influence is too powerful for them to avert, then they cause death in the various manners above described.

  • We know few places where all the virtues, unchoked by the malefic weeds of vice, grow more luxuriantly.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • And who, he asked, can allege one immoral deed, one malefic practice against the noble wife of the conqueror of Britain?

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • It seemed that Troilus exercised some strange and malefic influence over his companion, who was taken with fever.

    Jerome Cardan William George Waters
  • It would almost seem as if some influence, malefic or otherwise, was stirring the good King Suddhodana.

Word Origin and History for malefic

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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