the doing of evil or harm: the maleficence of thieves.
the quality or state of being maleficent or harmful.
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How to use maleficence in a sentence
At which date the little dog, my love, assumes the roll of maleficence towards the aged.The Prophet of Berkeley Square | Robert Hichens
You and yours are as unmingled beneficence as rum shops are unmitigated maleficence.
Healthful influences and magical charms avert it; hence Lug, a beneficent god, destroys Balor's maleficence.The Religion of the Ancient Celts | J. A. MacCulloch
In all their lamentations soundeth vengeance, in all their eulogies is maleficence; and being judge seemeth to them bliss.Thus Spake Zarathustra | Friedrich Nietzsche
We must transform it into beneficence, and its opposite into the idea of maleficence.Diderot and the Encyclopdists | John Morley