follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for more 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for more maleficent

maleficent

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for maleficent

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for more

6
7
Scrabble Words With Friends