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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  • IPA(key): /məˈlɛvələnt/
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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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