from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having or exhibiting ill will; wishing harm to others; malicious.
- adj. Having an evil or harmful influence: malevolent stars.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. having or displaying ill will; wishing harm on others
- adj. having an evil or harmful influence
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Wishing evil; disposed to injure others; rejoicing in another's misfortune.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having or exerting a malignant influence
- adj. wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred
Latin malevolēns, malevolent-; see malevolence.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin, from male ("ill") + velle ("to wish"). (Wiktionary)