• WordNet 3.6
    • n malevolency the quality of threatening evil
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  • J. Bartlett Brebner
    J. Bartlett Brebner
    “Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States.”


In literature:

The one is silent and beneficent; the other noisy, uprooting, and malevolent.
"About Ireland" by E. Lynn Linton
Not one word would he vouchsafe, but looked at them all malevolently.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
A look of intense malevolence came over it.
"Six Women" by Victoria Cross
Now we should never awaken the phantasy of this malevolent thing.
"Droll Stories, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
In the mean time the snake's eyes burned with a more pitiless malevolence than before.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Vol. II: In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians" by Ambrose Bierce
They seemed to divine that Tom was in some sort the originator of this plan, and towards him was their chief malevolence directed.
"Tom Tufton's Travels" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Not that the controlling powers in all these instances are necessarily malevolent.
"A Librarian's Open Shelf" by Arthur E. Bostwick
That Baboushka is a witch of malevolence, or I am woefully misinformed, and the major an awkward antagonist.
"The Son of Clemenceau" by Alexandre (fils) Dumas
At the feast of tabernacles in the year 32, his relatives, always malevolent and sceptical, pressed him to go there.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
Here the Indian turned in the saddle and looked at Dick with a malevolent smile.
"Ted Strong's Motor Car" by Edward C. Taylor

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:

Malevolent Forces, Wreaking Havoc on Mother Earth.
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.
Since 1989 there have been four films -- this being the fourth -- entitled Malevolence .
Review Crown's 'Sweeney Todd' is deliciously malevolent .
Respected North American actress Seana McKenna revels as the malevolent, malformed — and male — Shakespeare villain Richard III in the Stratford Shakespeare Festival production that plays in repertory to Sept 25 in Ontario, Canada.
There could be many circumstances where assistance to commit suicide springs from malevolent rather than benevolent intent .
The actor voiced the malevolent Scar in "The Lion King".
"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.

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