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

  • n. The doing of evil or harm; mischief.
  • n. Harmful or evil nature or quality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. harmfulness or mischief

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Evil doing, esp. to others.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being maleficent; the doing or producing of evil.

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

  • n. doing or causing evil
  • n. the quality or nature of being harmful or evil


Latin maleficentia, from maleficus, malefic; see malefic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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