maltalent

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman maltalent, Middle French maltalent, maltalant, from mal (evil) + talent (disposition).

Noun[edit]

maltalent (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Ill will; malice, malevolence. [14th-19th c.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.4:
      So forth he went / With heavy look and lumpish pace, that plaine / In him bewraid great grudge and maltalent [...].