- the doing of evil or harm: the maleficence of thieves.
- the quality or state of being maleficent or harmful.
Origin of maleficence
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Examples from the Web for maleficence
We must transform it into beneficence, and its opposite into the idea of maleficence.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
In all their lamentations soundeth vengeance, in all their eulogies is maleficence; and being judge seemeth to them bliss.Thus Spake Zarathustra
At which date the little dog, my love, assumes the roll of maleficence towards the aged.The Prophet of Berkeley Square
Healthful influences and magical charms avert it; hence Lug, a beneficent god, destroys Balor's maleficence.The Religion of the Ancient Celts
J. A. MacCulloch
Word Origin and History for maleficence
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