Definition of malevolent in English:

malevolent

adjective

  • Having or showing a wish to do evil to others.

    ‘the glint of dark, malevolent eyes’
    • ‘As a witness of the last days of this cruel and malevolent regime, Downfall is clear-eyed and unsentimental.’
    • ‘There might even be a prankster, a malevolent force, or a god who chooses to interfere.’
    • ‘That whatever malevolent forces had been unleashed could not harm me personally for this very reason.’
    • ‘It's important to remember that the elementals were not supposed to be evil or malevolent, just not human.’
    • ‘Uncle John's brand of organised chaos may well be governed by these malevolent forces.’
    • ‘That evil is malevolent violence, a curse that is the bane of our human existence.’
    • ‘And this is the case with Dr Octopus who is only temporarily controlled by a malevolent force.’
    • ‘For many years, it saw only the darkest of evil, bathed in the malevolent glow of hellfire.’
    • ‘Its intentions are always malevolent and they are the brave warriors who hope to break the system down with almost anyone's help.’
    • ‘The 1996 World Cup was a marker of this new, malevolent mood of the cricket fan.’
    • ‘Another spot on the grass which will darken to a malevolent green and then die over-winter, requiring seeding.’
    • ‘While there is much that is wonderful, nature and man frequently prove malevolent forces.’
    • ‘Even more than the words in the previous paragraph, it suggests an evil, malevolent intelligence at work.’
    • ‘Fratricidal war paved the way for malevolent elements to become brokers.’
    • ‘She had become this all pervading, evil and malevolent influence on my family and life.’
    • ‘From the resultant penalty, Wood went for goal, but on this occasion the malevolent wind steered the ball off target.’
    • ‘He has the fierce, malevolent eyes of a demon, deep, red, and sharklike.’
    • ‘Can simple coincidence explain these developments, or are more malevolent forces at work?’
    • ‘All are threatened with destruction by the malevolent but likable Coyote.’
    • ‘It was a vicious and malevolent piece of work which was designed to smash the marriage into pieces.’
    malicious, spiteful, hostile, evil-minded, baleful, bitter, evil-intentioned, poisonous, venomous, evil, malign, malignant, rancorous, vicious, vindictive, revengeful, vengeful, pernicious
    cruel, fierce, nasty, unfriendly, unkind, ill-natured
    malefic, maleficent
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Origin

Early 16th century: from Latin malevolent- wishing evil, from male ill + volent- wishing (from the verb velle).

Pronunciation:

malevolent

/məˈlɛv(ə)l(ə)nt/