[ muh-lef-uh-suhns ]
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  1. the doing of evil or harm: the maleficence of thieves.

  2. 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

Words Nearby maleficence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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