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 Dictionary entry overview: What does malevolent mean? 

MALEVOLENT (adjective)
  The adjective MALEVOLENT has 2 senses:

1. wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred
2. having or exerting a malignant influence

  Familiarity information: MALEVOLENT used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

MALEVOLENT (adjective)

Sense 1malevolent [BACK TO TOP]


Wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred

Context examples:

a gossipy malevolent old woman / failure made him malevolent toward those who were successful


malicious (having the nature of or resulting from malice)

Sense 2malevolent [BACK TO TOP]


Having or exerting a malignant influence


malefic; malevolent; malign; evil

Context examples:

malevolent stars / a malefic force


maleficent (harmful or evil in intent or effect)

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