from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or state of being malevolent.
  • n. Malicious behavior.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Hostile attitude or feeling.
  • n. Behavior exhibiting a hostile attitude.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being malevolent; evil disposition toward another; inclination to injure others; ill will. See Synonym of malice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being malevolent or ill-disposed; ill-will; personal hatred; enmity of heart; inclination to injure others.
  • n. That which is done from ill-will; an act of ill-will.
  • n. Synonyms Ill-will, Enmity, etc. See animosity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of threatening evil
  • n. wishing evil to others


Middle English, from Old French malivolence, from Latin malevolentia, from malevolēns, malevolent-, malevolent : male, badly; see mel-3 in Indo-European roots + volēns, present participle of velle, to want; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin malevolentia ("malevolence"), derived from malevolēns ("malevolent"). (Wiktionary)


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  • The quality, state, or feeling of being malovent; it will; malice; hatred

    December 14, 2010