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[muh-lev-uh-luh ns] /məˈlɛv ə ləns/
the quality, state, or feeling of being malevolent; ill will; malice; hatred.
Origin of malevolence
late Middle English
1425-75; < Latin malevolentia (see malevolent, -ence); replacing late Middle English malivolence < Middle French < Latin as above
maliciousness, spite, spitefulness, grudge, venom. Malevolence, malignity, rancor suggest the wishing of harm to others. Malevolence is a smoldering ill will: a vindictive malevolence in her expression. Malignity is a deep-seated and virulent disposition to injure; it is more dangerous than malevolence, because it is not only more completely concealed but it often instigates harmful acts: The malignity of his nature was shocking. Rancor is a lasting, corrosive, and implacable hatred and resentment. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for malevolence
  • Yes, much of the time, malevolence is not the reason behind such questions.
  • The way the eyes are lit and something about the shape of the mask give an impression of unconcerned malevolence.
  • They seemed to devote all of their leisure time–and baboon life is mostly leisure time–to mischief and malevolence.
  • The dispute between the grandparents and uncle was free of malevolence found in similar cases.
  • But that is less a consequence of its malevolence than of its novelty.
  • The answers have little to do with malevolence, and a lot to do with circumstance.
  • His one eye gleamed with malevolence.
  • Where the government has tripped up so far, it seems to have been mainly from inexperience rather than malevolence.
  • He seemed possessed of a granite-like malevolence.
  • It paradoxically communicates strength, malevolence, fear and hope.
Word Origin and History for malevolence

mid-15c., from Middle French malevolence and directly from Latin malevolentia "ill-will, dislike, hatred," from malevolentem (nominative malevolens) "malevolent" (see malevolent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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