1. malevolent

adjective. ['məˈlɛvələnt'] having or exerting a malignant influence.


  • maleficent
  • evil
  • malefic


  • harmless
  • benign
  • benignancy
  • kind

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Rhymes with Malevolent

  • benevolent
  • prevalent

How do you pronounce malevolent?

Pronounce malevolent as məˈlɛvələnt.

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Sentences with malevolent

1. Noun, singular or mass
Black magic is a practice that draws on malevolent powers to cause harm.

2. Adjective
Others fear cloning will upset the natural course of evolution or be misused by malevolent people.

Quotes about malevolent

1. The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
- Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

2. Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
- Epicurus

3. Hash, x. There is no definition for this word - nobody knows what hash is.Famous, adj. Conspicuously miserable.Dictionary, n. A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic. This dictionary, however, is a most useful work.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

2. malevolent

adjective. ['məˈlɛvələnt'] wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred.


  • benignity