Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having or exerting a malignant influence.
  • adjective Malicious or harmful.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective rare Doing mischief; causing harm or evil; nefarious; hurtful.

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

  • adjective having or exerting a malignant influence

Etymologies

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

[Latin maleficus : male, ill; see mel- in Indo-European roots + -ficus, -fic.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin maleficus.

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