malevolent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj malevolent having or exerting a malignant influence "malevolent stars","a malefic force"
    • adj malevolent wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred "a gossipy malevolent old woman","failure made him malevolent toward those who were successful"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Malevolent Wishing evil; disposed to injure others; rejoicing in another's misfortune.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • malevolent Having an evil disposition toward another or others; wishing evil to others; rejoicing in another's misfortune; malicious; hostile.
    • malevolent In astrology, tending to exert an evil influence: thus, Saturn is said to be a malevolent planet.
    • malevolent Synonyms Evil-minded, ill-disposed, spiteful, resentful, bitter, rancorous, malignant. See animosity.
    • n malevolent A malevolent person or agency.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Malevolent mal-ev′o-lent wishing evil: ill-disposed towards others: rejoicing in another's misfortune: envious: malicious—also Malev′olous
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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. malevolens, -entis,; male, ill + volens, p. pr. of velle, to be willing or disposed, to wish. See Malice, and Voluntary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. male, badly, volens, pr.p. of velle, to wish.

Usage

In literature:

Some people called him malevolent for it.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
The secrecy with which it had been surrounded was interpreted as a sign of malevolence.
"Bismarck and the Foundation of the German Empire" by James Wycliffe Headlam
The sun kept a malevolent eye upon us all the time.
"As Seen By Me" by Lilian Bell
That magical and malevolent abode, that strange and prison-like palace, was it also in the plot?
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
This is not so very unusual, and, if managed by an impostor, shows insane malevolence.
"The Book of Dreams and Ghosts" by Andrew Lang
His most malevolent exaggerations are yet so realistic that they carry conviction.
"Landmarks in French Literature" by G. Lytton Strachey
Ignorance and Malevolence of the Ghost.
"Cock Lane and Common-Sense" by Andrew Lang
The malevolence of people who scorn slumber seems to be practically unlimited.
"Cobwebs From an Empty Skull" by Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
The malevolent passions that spring from these pernicious habits involve him in perpetual war.
"Headlong Hall" by Thomas Love Peacock
His gold tooth, gleaming in the light, made his rictus of passion more venomous, more malevolent still.
"The Air Trust" by George Allan England
The Tinguian has been taught by his elders that he is surrounded by a great body of spirits, some good, some malevolent.
"The Tinguian" by Fay-Cooper Cole
Nothing so soon awakens the malevolent passions as the facility of gratification.
"Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete" by Washington Irving
What malevolent spirit brought me here?
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
His voice through the telephone had been so quiet, so resigned, so pathetic; only towards the end had it become malevolent.
"Hugo" by Arnold Bennett
Once, Kitty caught Thomas gazing malevolently at Lord Monckton.
"The Voice in the Fog" by Harold MacGrath
Nor is he cruel or malevolent.
"Shakespearean Tragedy" by A. C. Bradley
If ever malevolent hate was written on a face it found expression on his now.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
The captain eyed him malevolently.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
Warden, his eyes glowing malevolently, followed them until they took him into Willets.
"The Trail Horde" by Charles Alden Seltzer
She watched the doctor limp up the steps with positive malevolence.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
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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.
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.
"I don't see myself as a malevolent jester attacking people who are already disenfranchised," said Brand.
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.
Nice work if you can get it: This is the fifth Resident Evil film in 10 years, and Alice (Milla Jovovich) is still killing zombies bioengineered by the malevolent Umbrella Corporation.
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.
I mean the biggest piece of automotive junk ever held together by sheer malevolent will and tape, a car with which I once suffered three years of chronic ownership, Sputnik the Wonder Sled.
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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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