malefic

[ muh-lef-ik ]
/ məˈlɛf ɪk /

adjective

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

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Word Origin and History for malefic

malefic

adj.

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

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