One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Causing harm or destruction, especially by supernatural means.‘she was hypnotized by the spider's malefic eyes’
harmful, hurtful, injurious, detrimental, deleterious, inimical, bad, mischievous, pernicious, malignant, malign, baleful, venomous, noxious, poisonousView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘I am certain that people who suffered sex-scandals had a malefic venus in their charts.’
- ‘Barring only a single star, all your beneficial stars are ahead of their malefic counterparts.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1Astrology Relating to the planets Saturn and Mars, traditionally considered to have an unfavourable influence.
vitriolic, malicious, malevolent, malignant, malign, evil-intentioned, resentful, hostile, spiteful, venomous, vicious, vindictive, bitter, rancorous, acrimonious, mordant, astringent, incisive, cutting, biting, scathing, caustic, stinging, blistering, searing, withering, abusive, mean, nasty, aggressive, savage, harsh, devastatingView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘The traditional view is that the malefic planets tend to be obstructive; planets debilitated by sign or house position tend to find it difficult to act.’
- ‘If a malefic planet is in this place they will be struck by sudden blindness.’
- ‘It is also less likely to be damaged by a malefic planet when it is received by it.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin maleficus, from male ‘ill’ + -ficus ‘doing’.
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