- wishing evil or harm to another or others; showing ill will; ill-disposed; malicious: His failures made him malevolent toward those who were successful.
- evil; harmful; injurious: a malevolent inclination to destroy the happiness of others.
- Astrology. evil or malign in influence.
Origin of malevolent
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Examples from the Web for malevolently
"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
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.Carnac's Folly, Complete
- wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; malicious
- astrology having an evil influence
C16: from Latin malevolens, from male ill + volens, present participle of velle to wish
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Word Origin and History for malevolently
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