Definitions

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  • adj. Doing evil, harm, or mischief.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Doing evil, harm, or mischief.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete form of maleficent.

Etymologies

See maleficent. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The pilot had guided the "Marguerite" on a course of about forty-five miles southward, when we approached _Northport_, Michigan, a place noteworthy for having not a single of those maleficient institutions, commonly styled beer-saloons.

    By Water to the Columbian Exposition

  • Sir Philip, as I have shown the reader, had a habit of brooding over any thing which excited much interest in his breast -- nay more, of extracting from it, by a curious sort of alchemy, essence very different from its apparent nature, sometimes bright, fine, and beneficial, and others dark and maleficient.

    The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851

  • Millions of miles away from the earth, confronted on an asteroid by these diabolical monsters from a maleficient planet, who were on the point of destroying them with a strange torment of death -- perhaps it was really more than human nature, deprived of the support of human surroundings, could have been expected to bear.

    Edison's Conquest of Mars

  • But speculation about whether the source's purpose was, as Lord Justice Sedley claimed, 'on any view a maleficient one, caluculated to do harm whether for profit or for spite' cannot be grounds for forcing the exposure of media sources.

    Press Gazette Latest News

  • I suggest also: the unconvicted president; the unimpeached president; the resigned president; the nonfelon president; the maleficient president; the scheming president; the conniving president; the criminal president.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VIII No 1

  • (they usually worked separately) to uncover the maleficient women (or in some cases men, including, interestingly, clergymen).

    Sub Ratione Dei

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