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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: malevolens 'wishing evil'

malevolent

adjective
     
ma‧lev‧o‧lent formal
a malevolent person wants to harm other people [= evil; ≠ benevolent]
malevolent look/stare/smile etc
He gave her a dark, malevolent look.
malevolence noun [uncountable]
malevolently adverb

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