maleficence

maleficence

[muh-lef-uh-suhns]
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; < Latin maleficentia. See malefic, -ence

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maleficent (məˈlɛfɪsənt)
 
adj
causing or capable of producing evil or mischief; harmful or baleful
 
[C17: from Latin maleficent-, from maleficus wicked, prone to evil, from malum evil]
 
ma'lefic
 
adj
 
ma'leficence
 
n

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