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malevolent


She tells vicious lies and spreads malevolent rumors.
  evil:
  • of a person:  wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing:  exerting an evil or harmful influence
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Word Prefix:  Note that "mal" often means "bad".
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  • She tells vicious lies and spreads malevolent rumors.
  • My computer is so frustrating. Sometimes it seems alive and malevolent.
  • failure made him malevolent toward those who were successful
  • a gossipy malevolent old woman

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  • I think her intentions are malevolent.
  • But he’d sensed malevolence in the skeleton.  It was no pet. It was a vicious, undead killing force,
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • his gaze stopped on Poirot for a moment and just for that second there was a strange malevolence, an unnatural tensity in the glance.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Malfoy, whose pale eyes were still watering with pain and humiliation, looked malevolently up at Moody
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • What if this otherworldly little girl is a malevolent spirit who means to do me harm?
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • It would have left him as open as an unlocked door—open to any kind of demonic influence or malevolence.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels

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  • She would have lain awake at night, looking up at the ceiling of her bedroom ... imagining the people who must be thinking of her with either dislike or outright malevolence, ... people who might, any of them, at any time, take a notion to call her on the telephone and scream: You did it, Annie!
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Sheer rock buttresses seamed with ice pressed in from both edges of the glacier, rising like the shoulders of a malevolent god.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Other mothers who had defended their children from Sula’s malevolence...
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • People are fascinated by it, even though it’s an unhealthy and malevolent thing.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The door slid open, and Dr. Cable’s malevolent voice poured out.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • I wanted to not be a grenade, to not be a malevolent force in the lives of people I loved.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Mr. Justice Wargrave looked at him with active malevolence.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • He looked malevolently at Jack.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • A political policy is equated with moral right, and opposition to it with diabolical malevolence.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • ...said Snape, gliding over like a large and malevolent bat.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • The place radiated something malevolent.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Now she saw a larger, more malevolent world outside her own.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • she shouted and gave him a look so malevolent Denver touched her arm.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • how malevolent, how full of hatred.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • But this time there was no noise, just one brief second of silence in my mind, amid all the chaos and malevolence of this monstrous struggle for supremacy, apparently being conducted on behalf of His Holy Prophet Muhammad.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • But Malfoy’s eyes were shining malevolently, and they were fixed on Harry.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Leo wasn’t sure, but something about this storm seemed conscious, malevolent—like it was intentionally slamming them.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fibre of my frame.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • the malevolence of fortune
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • ...our prize Borneo orangutan matriarch, zoo star and mother of two fine boys, surrounded by a mass of black spiders that crawled around her like malevolent worshippers.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • This matter cuts very deep, and though I have not finally made up my mind whether it is a benevolent or a malevolent agency which is in touch with us, I am conscious always of power and design.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • She looked at White Fang, who snarled and bristled and glared malevolently.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Like some malevolent clockwork toy she had been wound up and set in motion...
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • ...the expression on the doll-like face of Capricorn’s statue seemed even more malevolent than before, if that were possible.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Dana grinned malevolently.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • She scowled as she gulped down her food and every now and then she shot a malevolent glance up the table to where Dumbledore and McGonagall were talking so intently.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • They were the objects of her constant suspicion and malevolence.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • It was deeper and more intimate than the fear of evil and capricious gods and of magic, the fear of the forest, and of the forces of nature, malevolent, red in tooth and claw.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • This place was truly the highest and the lowest of all worlds–the most beautiful senses, the most  exquisite emotions… the most malevolent desires, the darkest deeds. Perhaps it was meant to be  so. Perhaps without the lows, the highs could not be reached.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Now when Dawn grew bright for the twelfth day, Phoibos Apollo spoke among the gods: "How heartless and how malevolent you are! Did Hektor never make burnt offering of bulls’ thighbones to you, and unflawed goats?"
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • If he drew a quitter he asked for a reride on the same horse and came out of the chute raking and gouging in defiance of the rules, goading the horse to violent, malevolent action.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • "You come crying back soon enough," said Gabriel, with malevolence, "soon as they whip your butt up there four or five times."
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • ...the unpleasant shaking old man with the malevolent, mouthing jaw was removed.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • As she passed Rufus she gave him a glance filled with satisfaction, and he answered it with a glance of helpless malevolence.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • Later, as he passed by, Miro had looked at her with such malevolence, such hate, that she had clutched the child to her chest.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • Her delicate voice broke, her eyes fixed on the tall, malevolent leader vampire, that demon trickster who now stepped out of the circle of the others towards her.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • So he called the man over for a chat, just to ease his own mind, just to make sure, I think, that this was merely a farmer and not a malevolent apparition.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • She just had to endure, her eyes yellow and scared and malevolent shining back at him between the blows.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
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Associated words [difficulty]:   malevolent [2] , malicious [1] , malignant [2] , malady [3] , malign [4] , malinger [5] , malaise [6] , malediction [6] , malfeasance [6] , malpractice [6] , malodorous [7] , malcontent [8] , malefactor [8] , maladroit [9]
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