malevolence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n malevolence the quality of threatening evil
    • n malevolence wishing evil to others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Malevolence The quality or state of being malevolent; evil disposition toward another; inclination to injure others; ill will. See Synonym of Malice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n malevolence The character of being malevolent or ill-disposed; ill-will; personal hatred; enmity of heart; inclination to injure others.
    • n malevolence That which is done from ill-will; an act of ill-will.
    • n malevolence Synonyms Ill-will, Enmity, etc. See animosity.
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Quotations

  • J. Bartlett Brebner
    J. Bartlett Brebner
    “Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. malevolentia,. See Malevolent

Usage

In literature:

Under its malevolent influence, children have ruthlessly slain their parents, believing that thus would they merit heaven.
"Mohammed, The Prophet of Islam" by H. E. E. Hayes
He was standing where they had left him, his eyes fastened on them malevolently.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page
That potentate was sprawling on a pile of soft cushions, glaring malevolently at his Chief Minister, whom he hated and feared.
"The Elephant God" by Gordon Casserly
And all the while he stood looking down at her with eyes of extraordinary malevolence.
"The Necromancers" by Robert Hugh Benson
He attributed it to malevolent intriguers; but all his efforts to obtain redress were in vain.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
An outbreak in Shan-tung, in which German missionaries were slain, was the too natural result of these malevolent teachings.
"Messages and Papers of William McKinley V.2." by William McKinley
It was during that time he was assailed by Mr. Roebuck with all the little malevolence of his envenomed nature.
"The Felon's Track" by Michael Doheny
Lablache looked up with a swift, malevolent glance, but he said nothing.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
The malevolent attitude of the frustrated Ida May was sufficient to frighten anybody.
"Sheila of Big Wreck Cove" by James A. Cooper
But the malevolent Suque caused men 'to die right out.
"Modern Mythology" by Andrew Lang
Later Celtic folk-belief associated monstrous and malevolent beings with rivers and lakes.
"The Religion of the Ancient Celts" by J. A. MacCulloch
Souls malevolent vengeance awaits.
"The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson" by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
Tom stalked in upon them with malevolent triumph.
"A Maid of the Silver Sea" by John Oxenham
It would seem that sustained calumny had seasoned her against the malevolence of criticism.
"Autobiography, Letters and Literary Remains of Mrs. Piozzi (Thrale) (2nd ed.) (2 vols.)" by Mrs. Hester Lynch Piozzi
Sir Hudson got it into his malevolent brain that he had pinned them at last.
"The Tragedy of St. Helena" by Walter Runciman
Hence a perverse and malevolent disposition was constantly kept up among them, which rendered them utterly ungovernable.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 11" by Robert Kerr
Were they, however, true; or were they a malevolent lie?
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
Then they came back to Norton, filled with black malevolence.
"The Bells of San Juan" by Jackson Gregory
They are groups of goddesses varying in number and often malevolent.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
A moment more, however, and he was back again and more malevolently aggressive than ever.
"The Girl of the Golden West" by David Belasco
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In poetry:

They framed the Bill of Civil Rights,
By which his living was secured
Against those vile malevolent whites
Whose souls to treason were inured.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
An Apple caused man’s fall, as some believe;
But that old Snake, malevolently wise,
A deadlier snare set when he left to Eve
His tongue of honey and mesmeric eyes.
"The Serpent's Legacy" by Victor James Daley
It was a villainous spirit, snub-nosed, foul
Of breath, thick-taloned and malevolent,
That squatted within him wheresoever he went
…….And possessed the soul of Saul.
"Saul And David" by Anthony Hecht
So cast all anger from thy bosom quite,
All envy, rage, malevolence, and spite,
Or else, like wild and furious beasts, they will
Without distinction their own Keepers kill.
"A Preparation For The Holy Communion" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Review Crown's 'Sweeney Todd' is deliciously malevolent.
In seeking to understand the remarkably deadly 1918 flu pandemic— which killed at least 20 million people around the planet— scientists have focused on the influenza virus, combing its genes for clues to its malevolence.
At this malevolent summer camp, Velvet says, he also became acquainted with the gang of miscreants that still serve as his henchmen in his Social Villains Alliance, or SVA.
Review Crown's 'Sweeney Todd' is deliciously malevolent .
Rupert Murdoch's 8 Most Malevolent Moments.
From the President's news conference -- our leading historical revisionist strikes back and the malevolent press tries to trip him up.
When engulfed in a malevolent fog, the town of Jefferson, Minn. Descends into chaos, corruption, wickedness, and death.
Was Ndamukong Suh's intent malevolent.
The actor voiced the malevolent Scar in "The Lion King".
The film opens with Poe on a Baltimore park bench, beneath a tree limb holding a large, malevolent raven.
Readers who are familiar with Edmund Leach's public malevolence will not be misled by his irresponsible review of my book, Terror and Resistance, in the January 1, 1970 issue.
In RS photographer Theo Wenner's video for the electro-goth crew's doomiest tune, an 18-wheeler thunders down highways and country roads as if it's been possessed by a malevolent force.
The Return of Malevolent Muppet.
Hollywood has been knocking TV since its inception, viewing it as a force no less malevolent than the Communist conspiracy— it came from outer space to steal the hearts, minds, souls, and dollars of formerly loyal picture-goers.
Malevolent machines remain a mainstay in science fiction, with evil supercomputers as a well-known version of vicious manmade artificial intelligence.
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In science:

From a cryptographic perspective, the laser system will remain physically well within the encoder unit, preventing its access to a malevolent eavesdropper.
A Robust Quantum Random Number Generator Based on Bosonic Stimulation
Faced with a sudden blue screen, one may be forgiven for calling these devices incomprehensible and capricious, even malevolent.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
Although in principle errors in the bit sequence follow only from tampering by a malevolent eavesdropper, the situation is rather different in reality.
Quantum Cryptography
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