1. [ adjective ] wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred
Synonyms: malicious

"a gossipy malevolent old woman" "failure made him malevolent toward those who were successful"

Related terms: benevolent poisonous beady-eyed venomed bitchy hateful malign maleficent malevolence
2. [ adjective ] extremely malevolent or malicious
Synonyms: malignant

"the malignant tongues of gossipers"

Related terms: malign
3. [ adjective ] having or exerting a malignant influence
Synonyms: malign evil malefic

"malevolent stars" "a malefic force"

Related terms: maleficent
Similar spelling:   malevolently