1Causing or capable of causing harm or destruction, especially by supernatural means.
harmful, hurtful, injurious, detrimental, deleterious, inimical, bad, mischievous, pernicious, malignant, malign, baleful, venomous, noxious, poisonousView synonyms
- ‘I am certain that people who suffered sex-scandals had a malefic venus in their charts.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘At the film's climax, the malefic priest responsible for all this mischief sets his sights on the last woman in Hong Kong.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1Astrology Relating to the planets Saturn and Mars, traditionally considered to have an unfavorable 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.’
- ‘It is also less likely to be damaged by a malefic planet when it is received by it.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin maleficus, from male ill + -ficus doing.