Definition of malefic in English:



  • 1Causing harm or destruction, especially by supernatural means.

    ‘she was hypnotized by the spider's malefic eyes’
    • ‘She looked at me with coldness - the ignorant one, the fool who had passed by in the night, a person no more, malefic, absurd.’
    • ‘Barring only a single star, all your beneficial stars are ahead of their malefic counterparts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am certain that people who suffered sex-scandals had a malefic venus in their charts.’
    harmful, hurtful, injurious, detrimental, deleterious, inimical, bad, mischievous, pernicious, malignant, malign, baleful, venomous, noxious, poisonous
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    1. 1.1Astrology
      Relating to the planets Saturn and Mars, traditionally considered to have an unfavourable influence.
      • ‘Firmicus follows Manilius, adding that if malefic planets are in aspect, the native is reduced to being a door-keeper, admitting and saluting guests.’
      • ‘It is also less likely to be damaged by a malefic planet when it is received by it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Unless a malefic planet indicates otherwise, then one is thought to live the entire period indicated by the alchochoden.’


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