[ muh-lef-uh-suh nt ]
/ məˈlɛf ə sənt /


doing evil or harm; harmfully malicious: maleficent destroyers of reputations.

Origin of maleficent

1670–80; back formation from Latin maleficentia maleficence; see -ent

Can be confused

maleficent malevolent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for maleficent


/ (məˈlɛfɪsənt) /


causing or capable of producing evil or mischief; harmful or baleful

Derived Forms

malefic, adjectivemaleficence, noun

Word Origin for maleficent

C17: from Latin maleficent-, from maleficus wicked, prone to evil, from malum evil
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