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malevolent

[muh-lev-uh-luh nt]
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adjective
  1. wishing evil or harm to another or others; showing ill will; ill-disposed; malicious: His failures made him malevolent toward those who were successful.
  2. evil; harmful; injurious: a malevolent inclination to destroy the happiness of others.
  3. Astrology. evil or malign in influence.

Origin of malevolent

1500–10; < Latin malevolent- (stem of malevolēns) ill-disposed, spiteful, equivalent to male- male- + volent- (stem of volēns), present participle of velle to want, wish for, desire (see will1, -ent)
Related formsma·lev·o·lent·ly, adverbun·ma·lev·o·lent, adjectiveun·ma·lev·o·lent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedmaleficent malevolent
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Examples from the Web for malevolently

Historical Examples

  • "Hullo," he growled, stopping short and eying him malevolently with lowered head.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Then I moved away, conscious that her eyes followed me malevolently.

    The Trail of '98</p>

    Robert W. Service

  • The Indians stared at me malevolently, but offered me no abuse.

    A Virginia Scout

    Hugh Pendexter

  • Jim opened his mouth in a grin, and gazed long and malevolently at his questioner.

    Aaron's Rod

    D. H. Lawrence

  • "I've been trying to understand him for twenty-five years," the other said malevolently.


British Dictionary definitions for malevolently

malevolent

adjective
  1. wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; malicious
  2. astrology having an evil influence
Derived Formsmalevolence, nounmalevolently, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin malevolens, from male ill + volens, present participle of velle to wish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for malevolently

malevolent

adj.

c.1500, from Middle French malivolent and directly from Latin malevolentem (nominative malevolens) "ill-disposed, spiteful, envious," from male "badly" (see mal-) + volentem (nominative volens), present participle of velle "to wish" (see will (v.)). Related: Malevolently.

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