from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or state of being malevolent.
- n. Malicious behavior.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Hostile attitude or feeling.
- n. Behavior exhibiting a hostile attitude.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being malevolent; evil disposition toward another; inclination to injure others; ill will. See Synonym of malice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being malevolent or ill-disposed; ill-will; personal hatred; enmity of heart; inclination to injure others.
- n. That which is done from ill-will; an act of ill-will.
- n. Synonyms Ill-will, Enmity, etc. See animosity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of threatening evil
- n. wishing evil to others
Middle English, from Old French malivolence, from Latin malevolentia, from malevolēns, malevolent-, malevolent : male, badly; see mel-3 in Indo-European roots + volēns, present participle of velle, to want; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin malevolentia ("malevolence"), derived from malevolēns ("malevolent"). (Wiktionary)