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


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

Nearby words

  1. maleness,
  2. malenkov,
  3. malentendu,
  4. maleruption,
  5. malevich,
  6. malevolent,
  7. malevolently,
  8. malfeasance,
  9. malformation,
  10. malformed

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for malevolence



mid-15c., from Middle French malevolence and directly from Latin malevolentia "ill-will, dislike, hatred," from malevolentem (nominative malevolens) "malevolent" (see malevolent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper