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Definition of "malevolent" []

  • Having or exhibiting ill will; wishing harm to others; malicious. (adjective)
  • Having an evil or harmful influence: malevolent stars. (adjective)
  • Wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; malicious (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Having an evil influence (adjective)

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Use "malevolent" in a sentence
  • "Griffin grinned at her, his face wreathed in an expression of malevolent mischievousness."
  • "Related to spam, but even more malevolent, is phishing -- a deliberate attempt to illegally gain access to personal information."
  • "She pinpointed the locations of the positive ley lines under the ground, and carefully dowsed the inside of the church for noxious rays, evil emanations, and something she called malevolent attachments."