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