the quality, state, or feeling of being malevolent; ill will; malice; hatred.

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
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malevolent (məˈlɛvələnt)
1.  wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; malicious
2.  astrology having an evil influence
[C16: from Latin malevolens, from male ill + volens, present participle of velle to wish]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., from O.Fr. malevolence, from L. malevolentia, from malevolentem (nom. malevolens) "malevolent," from male "badly" + volentem (nom. volens), prp. of velle "to wish" (see will (v.)).
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Example sentences
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.
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