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

Origin of maleficent

1670–80; back formation from Latin maleficentiamaleficence; see -ent

Words that may be confused with maleficent

Words Nearby maleficent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use maleficent in a sentence

  • The 'monarch,' as he observes, 'is naturally the very worst—the most maleficent member of the whole community.'

  • That maleficent giant can now hardly grin at the pilgrims whom he once harassed.

  • "I consider it less a case of idiocy than one of possession, maleficent possession," replied Crashaw.

    The Wonder | J. D. Beresford
  • It is, of course, no argument against this view that the authors of the Diræ regard Gladstone as a maleficent being.

    In the Wrong Paradise | Andrew Lang
  • The Assyrians looked upon the stars as divinities endued with beneficent or maleficent power.

    Astronomical Myths | John F. Blake

British Dictionary definitions for maleficent


/ (məˈlɛfɪsənt) /

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

Origin of maleficent

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

Derived forms of maleficent

  • malefic, adjective
  • maleficence, noun

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