Etymology
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malevolent (adj.)

"having an evil disposition toward another or others, wishing evil to others," c. 1500, from Old 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.

updated on November 06, 2018

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Definitions of malevolent from WordNet

malevolent (adj.)
wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred;
a gossipy malevolent old woman
failure made him malevolent toward those who were successful
malevolent (adj.)
having or exerting a malignant influence;
malevolent stars
Synonyms: malefic / malign / evil
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