maleficence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n maleficence the quality or nature of being harmful or evil
    • n maleficence doing or causing evil
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Maleficence Evil doing, esp. to others.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n maleficence The character of being maleficent; the doing or producing of evil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Maleficence the character of being maleficent
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. maleficentia,. Cf. Malfeasance
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., male, badly, facĕre, to do.

Usage

In literature:

I did not think that the influence, whatever it was, was maleficent.
"The Moon Endureth--Tales and Fancies" by John Buchan
In all their lamentations soundeth vengeance, in all their eulogies is maleficence; and being judge seemeth to them bliss.
"Thus Spake Zarathustra A Book for All and None" by Friedrich Nietzsche
Jealousy is a maleficent deity of the harpy tribe; she embitters everything she touches.
"A Woodland Queen, Complete" by Andre Theuriet
Mazzini grasped the maleficent influence which Napoleon III.
"The Liberation of Italy" by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
So the Deity may be beneficent or maleficent, he cannot be moral or immoral.
"Practical Essays" by Alexander Bain
She had dwindled to a skeleton, with a maleficent smile.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
To your Sicilian the moon is ever a marvel, a mystical influence, now generous, now maleficent, always portentous.
"The Proud Prince" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
In the case of great but maleficent genius the shortness of life is a priceless blessing.
"The Map of Life" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
To this dark catalogue of maleficent forces must be added one more, violation of social morality.
"Village Life in China" by Arthur H. Smith
Our progress has been all beneficent, while the influence of the Spaniard was everywhere absolutely maleficent.
"The Popes and Science" by James J. Walsh
Anyhow, be he maleficent or benign, it was clear that he was Somebody, and had filled the whole country-side with awe.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
Then she would take a serious, not to say tragic view of the matter, and attribute the misadventure to the maleficent influence of Gerster.
"The Mapleson Memoirs, vol II" by James H. Mapleson
If anything reminded him of the moon, however, then it could be expected to be maleficent in influence.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
The Assyrians looked upon the stars as divinities endued with beneficent or maleficent power.
"Astronomical Myths" by John F. Blake
Thus, a good thought is perpetuated as an active, beneficent power, an evil one as a maleficent demon.
"The Best Psychic Stories" by Various
But their Blindness, with Respect to these two Sorts of maleficent Beings, is inconceivable.
"Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health" by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
Perhaps their curiosity was put to sleep by some uncanny though not maleficent influence.
"Fairies Afield" by Mary Louisa Molesworth
The waters cover the earth, and all maleficent beings are drowned.
"The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, November 1879" by Various
She carried the slip of paper in the bosom of her dress, and every day she took it out and looked at it as at some maleficent relic.
"Satan Sanderson" by Hallie Erminie Rives
Surely nothing maleficent could remain hidden beneath such outward innocence?
"The Bond of Black" by William Le Queux
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In poetry:

On hills like tumuli, and waters mute,
A whiteness steals as of a world made still
When reptant Death at last rears absolute—
An earth now frozen by malefice of eyes
Aeonian dooms and realm-deep rigors fill—
The gaze of that Medusa of the skies.
"The Medusa Of The Skies" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

Angelina As 'Maleficent': Here's The Image.
Jolie-Pitt kids cast in ' Maleficent '.
Angelina Jolie's ' Maleficent ' Casts Pax and Zahara Jolie-Pitt.
Disney's Maleficent has suddenly become a family affair.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Kids Pax and Zahara Cast in Maleficent .
Angelina Jolie Wears Maleficent -Inspired Gown Meeting Turkish Leader.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's daughter to star in ' Maleficent ': Which celebrity kid had an unfair advantage.
Angelina Jolie's Daughter Vivienne to Make Film Debut in ' Maleficent '.
Angelina Jolie's youngest, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, to appear in ' Maleficent '.
Vivienne Jolie-Pitt makes her film debut with mom in ' Maleficent '.
Vivienne and Knox came to visit Angelina Jolie on the set of the new Disney blockbuster " Maleficent " in Buckinghamshire, England on June 27, 2012.
Their mama looks Maleficent .
Angelina Jolie on the set of her latest film ' Maleficent '.
Disney starts production of ' Maleficent ' in London.
Angelina Jolie as " Maleficent ".
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