Malevolence is a nasty, wicked, evil quality. When you're full of malevolence, you wish harm on others.

Translated from the Latin, malevolence means to wish for bad things — to have ill will. What sets malevolence apart from other kinds of hatefulness is that it implies a deliberate wish for evil. A small child might be mean out of anger or spite, but probably not out of malevolence. Malevolence requires more thought: it's a deeper, more profound kind of badness often associated with devils and villains.

Definitions of malevolence
  1. noun
    wishing evil to others
    synonyms: malignity
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    disposition to do good
    doing or causing evil
    malice, maliciousness, spite, spitefulness, venom
    feeling a need to see others suffer
    vengefulness, vindictiveness
    a malevolent desire for revenge
    type of:
    hate, hatred
    the emotion of intense dislike; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action
  2. noun
    the quality of threatening evil
    synonyms: malevolency, malice
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    bitchiness, cattiness, nastiness, spite, spitefulness
    malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty
    cruelness, cruelty, harshness
    the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
    beastliness, meanness
    the quality of being deliberately mean
    brutality, ferociousness, savagery, viciousness
    the trait of extreme cruelty
    cruelty evidence by a capability to commit murder
    type of:
    evil, evilness
    the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice
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