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Meaning of malevolent

ma•lev•o•lent

Pronunciation: (mu-lev'u-lunt), [key]
— adj.
  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. evil or malign in influence.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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