Definition of malevolent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

malevolent

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//məˈlevələnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈlevələnt//
 
[usually before noun](formal)
 
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having or showing a desire to harm other people synonym malicious, wicked malevolent intentions/thoughts his dark malevolent eyes opposite benevolent Word Origin early 16th cent.: from Latin malevolent- ‘wishing evil’, from male ‘ill’ + volent- ‘wishing’ (from the verb velle).Extra examples Her eyes looked up at him with a malevolent gaze. It seemed that a malevolent spirit was out to get me. She shot a malevolent look at her companion.
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