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malefic

[muh-lef-ik] /məˈlɛf ɪk/
adjective
1.
productive of evil; malign; doing harm; baneful:
a malefic spell.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Latin maleficus evil-doing, wicked. See male-, -fic
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Examples for malefic
  • Chronic pain, on the other hand, is almost wholly malefic in its effects.
Word Origin and History for malefic
malefic
1650s, from L. maleficus, from male "ill" (see mal-) + -ficus, from stem of facere "to make, do" (see factitious).
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