malevolence

[ muh-lev-uh-luhns ]
/ məˈlɛv ə ləns /

noun

the quality, state, or feeling of being malevolent; ill will; malice; hatred.

Origin of malevolence

1425–75; < Latin malevolentia (see malevolent, -ence); replacing late Middle English malivolence < Middle French < Latin as above

SYNONYMS FOR malevolence

maliciousness, spite, spitefulness, grudge, venom. Malevolence, malignity, rancor suggest the wishing of harm to others. Malevolence is a smoldering ill will: a vindictive malevolence in her expression. Malignity is a deep-seated and virulent disposition to injure; it is more dangerous than malevolence, because it is not only more completely concealed but it often instigates harmful acts: The malignity of his nature was shocking. Rancor is a lasting, corrosive, and implacable hatred and resentment.
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