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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”).
- Having or displaying ill will; wishing harm on others.
- Having an evil or harmful influence.
- 2018 June 17, Barney Ronay, “Mexico’s Hirving Lozano stuns world champions Germany for brilliant win”, in Katharine Viner, editor, The Guardian, London: Guardian News & Media, ISSN 0261-3077, OCLC 229952407, archived from the original on 5 August 2019:
- Vela, Javier Hernández and Lozano switched positions with a thrillingly malevolent sense of purpose.
- See Thesaurus:evil
having or displaying ill will; wishing harm on others