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, vindictive, waspish, wicked; concepts 401,542 —Ant. amiable, harmless, kind, liking, loving

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  • 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

  • Malevolent — (v. lat.), übelgesinnt, feindselig. Daher Malevolenz, feindselige Gesinnung …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Malevolént — (lat.), übelwollend; Malevolenz, das Übelwollen, Scheelsucht …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Malevolent — Malevolent, lat. deutsch, übelgesinnt; Malevolenz, feindliche Gesinnung …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • 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,… …   Law dictionary

  • 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

  • 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,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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

  • 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 …   English World dictionary

  • 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

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