malevolent

  • 1 Malevolent — Ma*lev o*lent, a. [L. malevolens, entis; male ill + volens, p. pr. of velle to be willing or disposed, to wish. See {Malice}, and {Voluntary}.] Wishing evil; disposed to injure others; rejoicing in another s misfortune. [1913 Webster] Syn: Ill… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Malevolent — (v. lat.), übelgesinnt, feindselig. Daher Malevolenz, feindselige Gesinnung …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 3 Malevolént — (lat.), übelwollend; Malevolenz, das Übelwollen, Scheelsucht …

    Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • 4 Malevolent — Malevolent, lat. deutsch, übelgesinnt; Malevolenz, feindliche Gesinnung …

    Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • 5 malevolent — I adjective acrimonious, actively opposed, adverse, aggressive, antagonistic, antipathetic, antipathetical, baleful, baneful, barbarous, bellicose, belligerent, bilious, bitter, bloodthirsty, brutal, churlish, cold, cold blooded, conspiratorial,… …

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  • 6 malevolent — (adj.) c.1500, from M.Fr. malivolent and directly from L. malevolentem (nom. malevolens) ill disposed, spiteful, envious, from male badly (see MAL (Cf. mal )) + volentem (nom. volens), prp. of velle to wish (see WILL (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 malevolent — malignant, malign, *malicious, spiteful Analogous words: *sinister, baleful, malign, malefic, maleficent Antonyms: benevolent Contrasted words: benign, benignant, *kind, kindly: *charitable, humane, altruistic, humanitarian, philanthropic,… …

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  • 8 malevolent — [adj] hateful bad natured, baleful, catty*, despiteful, dirty, evil, evil minded, hellish, hostile, lousy, malicious, malign, malignant, murder, murderous, pernicious, poison, rancorous, rough, sinister, spiteful, tough, vengeful, vicious,… …

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  • 9 malevolent — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ wishing evil to others. DERIVATIVES malevolence noun malevolently adverb. ORIGIN Latin, from male ill + velle to wish …

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  • 10 malevolent — [mə lev′ələnt] adj. [OFr malivolent < L malevolens (gen. malevolentis) < male, evil (see MAL ) + volens, prp. of velle, to wish: see WILL2] wishing evil or harm to others; having or showing ill will; malicious malevolently adv …

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  • 11 malevolent — malicious, malign, malignant, malevolent 1. All four words are connected with doing harm or evil (from Latin malus), but there are important differences. Malicious means ‘intending to do harm’ and is associated with people (or occasionally… …

    Modern English usage

  • 12 malevolent — malevolently, adv. /meuh lev euh leuhnt/, adj. 1. wishing evil or harm to another or others; showing ill will; ill disposed; malicious: His failures made him malevolent toward those who were successful. 2. evil; harmful; injurious: a malevolent… …

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  • 13 malevolent — ma|lev|o|lent [məˈlevələnt] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: malevolens wishing evil ] a malevolent person wants to harm other people = ↑evil ≠ ↑benevolent malevolent look/stare/smile etc ▪ He gave her a dark, malevolent look.… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 malevolent — [[t]mæle̱vələnt[/t]] ADJ GRADED A malevolent person deliberately tries to cause harm or evil. [FORMAL] Her stare was malevolent, her mouth a thin line, her eyes bright and glittering. Ant: benevolent Derived words: malevolence N UNCOUNT ...a rare …

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  • 15 malevolent — adjective Etymology: Latin malevolent , malevolens, from male badly + volent , volens, present participle of velle to wish more at mal , will Date: 1509 1. having, showing, or arising from intense often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred 2.… …

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  • 16 malevolent — adj. Malevolent is used with these nouns: ↑force, ↑glare, ↑spirit …

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  • 17 malevolent — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. spiteful, malicious, evil; see wicked 1 , 2 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [mu LEV uh lunt] malicious, wishing harm on others. He was severely abused as a child and had a malevolent disposition.… …

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  • 18 malevolent — ma|lev|o|lent [ mə levələnt ] adjective showing that you want to do something bad to someone: a malevolent look/smile ╾ ma|lev|o|lence noun uncount ╾ ma|lev|o|lent|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 malevolent — [mə lɛv(ə)l(ə)nt] adjective wishing evil to others. Derivatives malevolence noun malevolently adverb Origin C16: from L. malevolent wishing evil , from male ill + volent , velle to wish …

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  • 20 malevolent — adjective a malevolent glare Syn: malicious, hostile, evil minded, baleful, evil intentioned, venomous, evil, malign, malignant, rancorous, vicious, vindictive, vengeful; literary malefic, maleficent Ant: benevolent …

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