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maleficent

[muh-lef-uh-suh nt] /məˈlɛf ə sənt/
adjective
1.
doing evil or harm; harmfully malicious:
maleficent destroyers of reputations.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; back formation from Latin maleficentia maleficence; see -ent
Can be confused
maleficent, malevolent.
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British Dictionary definitions for maleficent

maleficent

/məˈlɛfɪsənt/
adjective
1.
causing or capable of producing evil or mischief; harmful or baleful
Derived Forms
malefic, adjective
maleficence, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin maleficent-, from maleficus wicked, prone to evil, from malum evil
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Word Origin and History for maleficent
adj.

1670s, from Latin maleficent-, altered stem of maleficus (see malefic).

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