- doing evil or harm; harmfully malicious: maleficent destroyers of reputations.
Origin of maleficent
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Examples from the Web for maleficent
When you watched the movie all those years ago, were you wondering if there was more to Maleficent than we were seeing?
Maleficent is an iconic Disney villain and has her own fans because of her status as the bad guy.
What were your first impressions of Maleficent when you first watched Sleeping Beauty?
Maleficent is, to me, the most interesting thing in the Disney feature.
Do that too reflexively (and for too long) and Maleficent is what you end up with.The Ghastly ‘Maleficent’ and Why It’s Time For Hollywood to Kill the Dark Reboot
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But now it sounded to me like the name of some maleficent and sinful being.Dubliners
The waters cover the earth, and all maleficent beings are drowned.
Necromantic magic is divided into Goëtic, maleficent, and theurgic.Witch, Warlock, and Magician
William Henry Davenport Adams
That aspect of the sky which they now regard as disagreeable they then beheld as maleficent.The Mayor of Casterbridge
So the Deity may be beneficent or maleficent, he cannot be moral or immoral.Practical Essays
- causing or capable of producing evil or mischief; harmful or baleful
C17: from Latin maleficent-, from maleficus wicked, prone to evil, from malum evil
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Word Origin and History for maleficent
1670s, from Latin maleficent-, altered stem of maleficus (see malefic).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper