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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
maleficence
1590s, from L. maleficentia, from maleficus (see malefic).
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