malevolent

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From Middle English *malevolent (suggested by Middle English malevolence), from Old French malivolent and Latin malevolentem, from male (badly, wrongly) + volens (willing, wishing), from velle (to wish).

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malevolent (comparative more malevolent, superlative most malevolent)

  1. having or displaying ill will; wishing harm on others
  2. having an evil or harmful influence

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