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malevolent

adjective uk   /məˈlev.əl.ənt/ literary us  
causing or wanting to cause harm or evil: The central character is a malevolent witch out for revenge. I could feel his malevolent gaze as I walked away.
malevolence
noun [U] uk   /-əns/ us  
It was an act of great malevolence.
malevolently
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Translations of “malevolent”
in Spanish malévolo…
in French malveillant…
in German boshaft…
in Chinese (Traditional) 惡意的, 惡毒的, 有害的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 恶意的, 恶毒的, 有害的…
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