wishing evil or harm to another or others; showing ill will; ill-disposed; malicious: His failures made him malevolent toward those who were successful.
evil; harmful; injurious: a malevolent inclination to destroy the happiness of others.
Astrology. evil or malign in influence.
Origin: 1500–10; < Latinmalevolent- (stem of malevolēns) ill-disposed, spiteful, equivalent to male-male- + volent- (stem of volēns), present participle of velle to want, wish for, desire (see will1, -ent)
c.1500, from O.Fr. malivolent, from L. malevolentem (nom. malevolens) "ill-disposed, envious," from male "badly" + volentem (nom. volens), prp. of velle "to wish" (see will (v.)). Related: Malevolently.