Definition of malevolent in English:

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Pronunciation: /məˈlɛv(ə)l(ə)nt/


Having or showing a wish to do evil to others: the glint of dark, malevolent eyes
More example sentences
  • She had become this all pervading, evil and malevolent influence on my family and life.
  • That evil is malevolent violence, a curse that is the bane of our human existence.
  • Even more than the words in the previous paragraph, it suggests an evil, malevolent intelligence at work.
malicious, spiteful, hostile, evil-minded, baleful, bitter, evil-intentioned, poisonous, venomous, evil, malign, malignant, rancorous, vicious, vindictive, revengeful, vengeful, pernicious;
cruel, fierce, nasty, unfriendly, unkind, ill-natured
literary malefic, maleficent



Pronunciation: /məˈlɛv(ə)l(ə)ntli/
Example sentences
  • Whether malevolently or unwittingly, many leases include improper sections into their leases that are not in accordance with the law.
  • He limped up and down the boards, eyeing the audience malevolently past a particularly ugly prosthetic nose.
  • His solo is rich, maximal and far from introverted; he sounds almost malevolently focused.


Early 16th century: from Latin malevolent- 'wishing evil', from male 'ill' + volent- 'wishing' (from the verb velle).

Words that rhyme with malevolent

benevolent, prevalent

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Line breaks: mal|evo¦lent

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