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[muh-lef-uh-suh nt]
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  1. doing evil or harm; harmfully malicious: maleficent destroyers of reputations.
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Origin of maleficent

1670–80; back formation from Latin maleficentia maleficence; see -ent
Can be confusedmaleficent malevolent
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Related Words for maleficent

devastating, noxious, deadly, poisonous, virulent, malicious, harmful, toxic, nefarious, detrimental, dangerous, lethal, ruinous, destructive, damaging, unpleasant, hateful, vile, vicious, heinous

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  1. causing or capable of producing evil or mischief; harmful or baleful
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Derived Formsmalefic, adjectivemaleficence, noun

Word Origin for maleficent

C17: from Latin maleficent-, from maleficus wicked, prone to evil, from malum evil
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Word Origin and History for maleficent


1670s, from Latin maleficent-, altered stem of maleficus (see malefic).

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