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maleficent

[ muh-lef-uh-suhnt ]
/ məˈlɛf ə sənt /
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adjective

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

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Origin of maleficent

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH maleficent

maleficent , 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 forms of maleficent

malefic, adjectivemaleficence, noun

Word Origin for maleficent

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