Adjective "malevolent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having or showing a wish to do evil to others.
  1. 'As a witness of the last days of this cruel and malevolent regime, Downfall is clear-eyed and unsentimental.'
  2. 'Its intentions are always malevolent and they are the brave warriors who hope to break the system down with almost anyone's help.'
  3. 'He has the fierce, malevolent eyes of a demon, deep, red, and sharklike.'
  4. 'Can simple coincidence explain these developments, or are more malevolent forces at work?'
  5. 'Uncle John's brand of organised chaos may well be governed by these malevolent forces.'
  6. 'It was a vicious and malevolent piece of work which was designed to smash the marriage into pieces.'
  7. 'It's important to remember that the elementals were not supposed to be evil or malevolent, just not human.'
  8. 'The 1996 World Cup was a marker of this new, malevolent mood of the cricket fan.'
  9. 'And this is the case with Dr Octopus who is only temporarily controlled by a malevolent force.'
  10. 'From the resultant penalty, Wood went for goal, but on this occasion the malevolent wind steered the ball off target.'


1. wishing evil or harm to another or others; showing ill will; ill-disposed; malicious: His failures made him malevolent toward those who were successful.

2. evil; harmful; injurious: a malevolent inclination to destroy the happiness of others.

3. Astrology. evil or malign in influence.

More examples(as adjective)

"spirits can be malevolent."

"acts can be malevolent."

"forces can be malevolent."

"people can be malevolent."

"looks can be malevolent."

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