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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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  • Chronic pain, on the other hand, is almost wholly malefic in its effects.
Word Origin and History for malefic
adj.

1650s, from Latin maleficus "wicked, vicious, criminal," from male "ill" (see mal-) + -ficus, from stem of facere "to make, do" (see factitious).

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