Definition of malefic in English:

malefic

Line breaks: mal¦efic
Pronunciation: /məˈlɛfɪk
 
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adjective

literary
1Causing harm or destruction, especially by supernatural means: she was hypnotized by the spider’s malefic eyes
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  • This suggests that the sexual aspect of the narratives was largely a trope for the strong desires that were central to both malefic witchcraft and the Evil Eye.
  • At the film's climax, the malefic priest responsible for all this mischief sets his sights on the last woman in Hong Kong.
  • She looked at me with coldness - the ignorant one, the fool who had passed by in the night, a person no more, malefic, absurd.
1.1 Astrology Relating to the planets Saturn and Mars, traditionally considered to have an unfavourable influence.
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  • Firmicus follows Manilius, adding that if malefic planets are in aspect, the native is reduced to being a door-keeper, admitting and saluting guests.
  • Unless a malefic planet indicates otherwise, then one is thought to live the entire period indicated by the alchochoden.
  • If a malefic planet is in this place they will be struck by sudden blindness.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin maleficus, from male 'ill' + -ficus 'doing'.

Derivatives

maleficence

noun
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  • Allen Buchanan and his coauthors expand the ethical concept of maleficence successfully and persuasively argue that to do no harm is a highest-order value.
  • When amassed, these memory cloths become a collective indictment of the maleficence of that system.
  • Spreading the liability for maleficences to newly impressed taxpayers through involuntary annexation is not the answer.

maleficent

adjective
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  • Terrible paranoiac fear gripped me, and behind every tree I suspected maleficent laughter being muffled.
  • Therefore the only thing to do is participate in the life of nature, which is consequently to succumb to its maleficent mercy.
  • My maleficent contemporary evidently only knew beatings and degradation.

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