American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having or exhibiting ill will; wishing harm to others; malicious.
- adj. Having an evil or harmful influence: malevolent stars.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having an evil disposition toward another or others; wishing evil to others; rejoicing in another's misfortune; malicious; hostile.
- In astrology, tending to exert an evil influence: thus, Saturn is said to be a malevolent planet.
- Synonyms Evil-minded, ill-disposed, spiteful, resentful, bitter, rancorous, malignant. See animosity.
- n. A malevolent person or agency.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Wishing evil; disposed to injure others; rejoicing in another's misfortune.
- adj. having or exerting a malignant influence
- adj. wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred
- Latin, from male ("ill") + velle ("to wish"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin malevolēns, malevolent-; see malevolence. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Behind her, the security cops sported crooked grins while Mother contemplated Kaitlin with what could only be described as a malevolent smile.”
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“It was supposed that these reptiles were intended to embody the idea of malevolent spirits, and that the piece of sculpture might have been designed to represent a myth, probably in reference to the machinations of the infernal world.”
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