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

n wishing evil to others

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

n the quality of threatening evil

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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