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 [...].

Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French mautalant.

Noun[edit]

maltalent m (plural maltalens)

  1. evil intention(s)

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • maltalent on Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (1330-1500) (in French)