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malevolence

[muh-lev-uh-luh ns] /məˈlɛv ə ləns/
noun
1.
the quality, state, or feeling of being malevolent; ill will; malice; hatred.
Origin of malevolence
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; < Latin malevolentia (see malevolent, -ence); replacing late Middle English malivolence < Middle French < Latin as above
Synonyms
maliciousness, spite, spitefulness, grudge, venom. Malevolence, malignity, rancor suggest the wishing of harm to others. Malevolence is a smoldering ill will: a vindictive malevolence in her expression. Malignity is a deep-seated and virulent disposition to injure; it is more dangerous than malevolence, because it is not only more completely concealed but it often instigates harmful acts: The malignity of his nature was shocking. Rancor is a lasting, corrosive, and implacable hatred and resentment.
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  • But every eye was turned on Peter now, some in incredulity, some in malevolence, and some in awe.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • The malevolence of party has alone the merit of such an imputation.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Happy that it is NOT possible; the malevolence would disarm the power.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Both his malevolence and his cupidity had been disappointed.

  • Then his face stiffened, the light changed to a gleam of malevolence.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
Word Origin and History for malevolence
n.

mid-15c., from Middle French malevolence and directly from Latin malevolentia "ill-will, dislike, hatred," from malevolentem (nominative malevolens) "malevolent" (see malevolent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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