• WordNet 3.6
    • adj maleficent harmful or evil in intent or effect
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Maleficent Doing evil to others; harmful; mischievous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • maleficent Doing or producing harm; acting with evil intent or effect; harmful; mischievous: as, a maleficent enemy or deed.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Malefic


In literature:

That aspect of the sky which they now regard as disagreeable they then beheld as maleficent.
"The Mayor of Casterbridge" by Thomas Hardy
Mazzini grasped the maleficent influence which Napoleon III.
"The Liberation of Italy" by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
But Yama is not regarded as a maleficent being, like Tangaro.
"Modern Mythology" by Andrew Lang
Healthful influences and magical charms avert it; hence Lug, a beneficent god, destroys Balor's maleficence.
"The Religion of the Ancient Celts" by J. A. MacCulloch
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
Religious morality, to abolish and extirpate the maleficent act, appeals to its author, to man in his capacity of active agent.
"Sophisms of the Protectionists" by Frederic Bastiat
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
That maleficent giant can now hardly grin at the pilgrims whom he once harassed.
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury

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:

The Australian actor, prepping for a meaty role in "Maleficent," drops by the THR Cover Lounge to discuss Lifetime's upcoming telepic.
Angelina As 'Maleficent': Here's The Image.
Angelina Jolie as " Maleficent ".
Angelina Jolie is shown as the title character in the film " Maleficent .".
First Look – Angelina Jolie as MALEFICENT .
Angelina Jolie as Maleficent .
Here's a first look at Angie as Maleficent .
Production Begins On Disney's ` Maleficent '.
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. Production has started on " Maleficent ," with Angelina Jolie starring as the classic Disney villain from "Sleeping Beauty.".
Juno Temple Joins Angelina Jolie's ' Maleficent ' (Exclusive).
Eisley to play a younger Jolie in ' Maleficent '.
India Eisley ("The Secret Life of the American Teenager") is set to play a younger version of Angelina Jolie's character in Disney's " Maleficent ," which Joe Roth is producing via his Roth Films banner.
In the upcoming Disney movie ' Maleficent ,' Angelina Jolie will play the titular evil queen, who is the villain of the 'Sleeping Beauty' story.
Angelina Jolie performs own stunts on ' Maleficent ' set.
Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent" adds Pax and Zahara Jolie-Pitt to cast.