malefic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin maleficus.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

malefic (comparative more malefic, superlative most malefic)

  1. Having an evil or harmful influence; baleful. [from 17th c.]
    • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p. 96:
      I would have liked to know whether he thought this was due to the climate, the diet, or simply malefic djinns.