[ muh-lef-ik ]
/ məˈlɛf ɪk /


productive of evil; malign; doing harm; baneful: a malefic spell.

Nearby words

  1. maledictory,
  2. maleducation,
  3. malefaction,
  4. malefactor,
  5. malefactress,
  6. maleficence,
  7. maleficent,
  8. malegaon,
  9. maleic acid,
  10. maleic anhydride

Origin of malefic

First recorded in 1645–55, malefic is from the Latin word maleficus evil-doing, wicked. See male-, -fic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for malefic



1650s, from Latin maleficus "wicked, vicious, criminal," from male "ill" (see mal-) + -ficus, from stem of facere "to make, do" (see factitious).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper