maleficent

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

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. malefaction,
  2. malefactor,
  3. malefactress,
  4. malefic,
  5. maleficence,
  6. malegaon,
  7. maleic acid,
  8. maleic anhydride,
  9. maleic hydrazide,
  10. malemute

Origin of maleficent

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

Can be confusedmaleficent malevolent

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British Dictionary definitions for maleficent

maleficent

/ (məˈlɛfɪsənt) /

adjective

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

maleficent

adj.

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

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