[ muh-lef-uh-suh ns ]
/ məˈlɛf ə səns /


the doing of evil or harm: the maleficence of thieves.
the quality or state of being maleficent or harmful.

Origin of maleficence

From the Latin word maleficentia, dating back to 1590–1600. See malefic, -ence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maleficence

  • At which date the little dog, my love, assumes the roll of maleficence towards the aged.

  • Healthful influences and magical charms avert it; hence Lug, a beneficent god, destroys Balor's maleficence.

  • We must transform it into beneficence, and its opposite into the idea of maleficence.

  • In all their lamentations soundeth vengeance, in all their eulogies is maleficence; and being judge seemeth to them bliss.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra|Friedrich Nietzsche