Etymology
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malefic (adj.)

"doing mischief, producing disaster or evil," 1650s, from Latin maleficus "wicked, vicious, criminal," from male "ill" (see mal-) + -ficus "making, doing," from combining form of facere "to make, do" (from PIE root *dhe- "to set, put"). Related: Malefical (1610s).

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maleficence (n.)

1590s, "act of doing or producing evil," from French maleficence or directly from Latin maleficentia "an evildoing, mischievousness, injury," from maleficus "wicked" (see malefic). Sense of "malefic character" is by 1796.

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maleficent (adj.)

"doing or producing harm, acting with evil intent or effect," 1670s, from Latin maleficent-, altered stem of maleficus "wicked, vicious, criminal," from male "ill" (see mal-) + -ficus "making, doing," from combining form of facere "to make, do" (from PIE root *dhe- "to set, put").

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