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maleficence

[muh-lef-uh-suh ns] /məˈlɛf ə səns/
noun
1.
the doing of evil or harm:
the maleficence of thieves.
2.
the quality or state of being maleficent or harmful.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin maleficentia. See malefic, -ence
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Word Origin and History for maleficence
n.

1590s, from Middle French maleficence or directly from Latin maleficentia "evildoing, mischievousness, injury," from maleficus "wicked" (see malefic). Now largely displaced by malfeasance.

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