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malefic

[muh-lef-ik] /məˈlɛf ɪk/
adjective
1.
productive of evil; malign; doing harm; baneful:
a malefic spell.
Origin of malefic
1645-1655
1645-55; < Latin maleficus evil-doing, wicked. See male-, -fic
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  • This untranslatable word is a derivative of the Icelandic Gandr, and means magic of the black or malefic sort.

  • A sort of malefic magnetism exuded from every pore of his skin.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • The malefic Powers of savages have generally been absorbed by higher beings or have otherwise disappeared.

  • What malefic jest of Fate led her to select the story of Georgie-Porgie?

    Wandering Heath Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • We consider ourselves as soldiers waging battle against the blind, malefic forces of nature.

  • Saturn and Mars are causers of evil or malefic; the first from his excess of cold, and the other from his excess of heat.

  • And who, he asked, can allege one immoral deed, one malefic practice against the noble wife of the conqueror of Britain?

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • But if the malefic influence is too powerful for them to avert, then they cause death in the various manners above described.

  • Pliny said that the moon corrupted carcases of animals exposed to its malefic rays.

    Moon Lore Timothy Harley
  • We know few places where all the virtues, unchoked by the malefic weeds of vice, grow more luxuriantly.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
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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