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Maleficent   Listen
adjective
Maleficent  adj.  Doing evil to others; harmful; mischievous.






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Maleficent" Quotes from Famous Books



... contradictions of society so many instruments of harm; through his egoism civilization has become a war of surprises and ambushes; he lies, he steals, he murders, when not compelled to do so, without provocation, without excuse. In short, he does evil with all the characteristics of a nature deliberately maleficent, and all the more wicked because, when it so wishes, it knows how to do good gratuitously also and is capable of self-sacrifice; wherefore it has been said of it, with as much reason as depth: Homo homini lupus, vel deus. Not to unduly extend the subject, ...
— The Philosophy of Misery • Joseph-Pierre Proudhon

... any appeal to experience; and he occasionally reminds us of the proof given in Martin Chuzzlewit that the queen must live in the Tower of London. The 'monarch,' as he observes,[440] 'is naturally the very worst—the most maleficent member of the whole community.' Wherever an aristocracy differs from the democracy, their judgment will be erroneous.[441] The people will naturally choose 'morally apt agents,' and men who wish to be chosen will desire truly to become 'morally apt,' for they can only recommend themselves ...
— The English Utilitarians, Volume I. • Leslie Stephen

... as Rudra, a word of disputed derivation, but probably meaning the roarer. Comparatively few hymns are addressed to Rudra, but he is clearly distinguished from the other Vedic gods. Whereas they are cheerful and benevolent figures, he is maleficent and terrible: they are gods of the heaven but he is a god of the earth. He is the "man-slayer" and the sender of disease, but if he restrains these activities he can give safety and health. "Slay us not, for thou ...
— Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3) - An Historical Sketch • Charles Eliot



Words linked to "Maleficent" :   beneficent, balefulness, baleful, evil, mischief, baneful, maleficence



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