English Dictionary

Pioneers in dictionary publishing since 1819

maleficent (məˈlɛfɪsənt Pronunciation for maleficent



  1. causing or capable of producing evil or mischief; harmful or baleful

Derived Forms

maˈlefic adjective
maˈlefically adverb
maˈleficence noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin maleficent-, from maleficus wicked, prone to evil, from malum evil

Example Sentences Including 'maleficent'

`The Tale of Turambar ' would not be a success if the hero were simply a puppet in Melko's maleficent hands.
John Garth TOLKIEN AND THE GREAT WAR: The Threshold of Middle-earth (2003)


Log in to comment on this word.