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

  • adjective Harmful or malicious in intent or effect.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Doing or producing harm; acting with evil intent or effect; harmful; mischievous: as, a maleficent enemy or deed.

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

  • adjective Doing evil to others; harmful; mischievous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Harmful or evil in intent or effect.

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

  • adjective harmful or evil in intent or effect


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  • He had an almost physical sense of struggling for air, of battling helplessly with material obstructions, as though the russet covert through which he trudged were the heart of a maleficent jungle...

    - Edith Wharton, The Reef

    June 19, 2008