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

  • adj. Having or exerting a malignant influence.
  • adj. Evil; malicious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Doing mischief; causing harm or evil; nefarious; hurtful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Doing mischief; producing disaster or evil; inauspicious.
  • n. In astrology, an inauspicious star or planet.

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

  • adj. having or exerting a malignant influence


Latin maleficus : male, ill; see mel-3 in Indo-European roots + -ficus, -fic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin maleficus. (Wiktionary)



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