maleficent

[muh-lef-uh-suh nt]
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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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maleficent

adjective
  1. 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
adj.

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

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