Origin of malevolent
Examples from the Web for malevolent
We see it when any elite is able to get away with a malevolent act because elites protect each other.
But when the specious claims are directed at the parents of autistic children, the situation has gone from silly to malevolent.
Instead, it makes me appear capricious, malevolent and cruel.Pediatrician: Don’t Make Me the Bad Guy By Teasing Your Kid About Shots|Russell Saunders|February 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The only malevolent presence in the house that night was a gang of snickering boys and one put-upon girlfriend.
As an African-American, I have experienced racism in all its malevolent forms.Christopher Darden Believes There May Be Justice Yet for Trayvon|Christopher A. Darden, Michele Noble|July 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
That he hath therefore at this nick of time so outraged and wronged me, it cannot be but by the malevolent and wicked spirit.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.|Francois Rabelais
This name is applied to a class of malevolent spirits who inhabit certain trees, cliffs and streams.The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao|Fay-Cooper Cole
She had risen, and she towered there, a lean and malevolent figure, her head-dress nodding foolishly.The Lion's Skin|Rafael Sabatini
Then the stranger turned and gave one sweep of his malevolent eye over the valley.The Story of a Mine|Bret Harte
Addison had from the first seen that Pope was false and malevolent.Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Word Origin for malevolent
c.1500, from Middle French malivolent and directly from Latin malevolentem (nominative malevolens) "ill-disposed, spiteful, envious," from male "badly" (see mal-) + volentem (nominative volens), present participle of velle "to wish" (see will (v.)). Related: Malevolently.