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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Malefice An evil deed; artifice; enchantment.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n malefice Evil-doing; especially, witchcraft.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Malefice (obs.) an evil deed: enchantment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. maleficium,: cf. F. maléfice,. See Malefactor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., male, badly, facĕre, to do.


In literature:

That aspect of the sky which they now regard as disagreeable they then beheld as maleficent.
"The Mayor of Casterbridge" by Thomas Hardy
I did not think that the influence, whatever it was, was maleficent.
"The Moon Endureth--Tales and Fancies" by John Buchan
In all their lamentations soundeth vengeance, in all their eulogies is maleficence; and being judge seemeth to them bliss.
"Thus Spake Zarathustra A Book for All and None" by Friedrich Nietzsche
Jealousy is a maleficent deity of the harpy tribe; she embitters everything she touches.
"A Woodland Queen, Complete" by Andre Theuriet
Mazzini grasped the maleficent influence which Napoleon III.
"The Liberation of Italy" by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
But Yama is not regarded as a maleficent being, like Tangaro.
"Modern Mythology" by Andrew Lang
Healthful influences and magical charms avert it; hence Lug, a beneficent god, destroys Balor's maleficence.
"The Religion of the Ancient Celts" by J. A. MacCulloch
That maleficent giant can now hardly grin at the pilgrims whom he once harassed.
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
The young wife whom Douglas married, and the two children she bore him, also came in for part of her alleged maleficent enchantments.
"Witch Stories" by E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
To this dark catalogue of maleficent forces must be added one more, violation of social morality.
"Village Life in China" by Arthur H. Smith
Our progress has been all beneficent, while the influence of the Spaniard was everywhere absolutely maleficent.
"The Popes and Science" by James J. Walsh
Anyhow, be he maleficent or benign, it was clear that he was Somebody, and had filled the whole country-side with awe.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
Then she would take a serious, not to say tragic view of the matter, and attribute the misadventure to the maleficent influence of Gerster.
"The Mapleson Memoirs, vol II" by James H. Mapleson
If anything reminded him of the moon, however, then it could be expected to be maleficent in influence.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
The Assyrians looked upon the stars as divinities endued with beneficent or maleficent power.
"Astronomical Myths" by John F. Blake
Thus, a good thought is perpetuated as an active, beneficent power, an evil one as a maleficent demon.
"The Best Psychic Stories" by Various
But their Blindness, with Respect to these two Sorts of maleficent Beings, is inconceivable.
"Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health" by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
Perhaps their curiosity was put to sleep by some uncanny though not maleficent influence.
"Fairies Afield" by Mary Louisa Molesworth
The waters cover the earth, and all maleficent beings are drowned.
"The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, November 1879" by Various
She carried the slip of paper in the bosom of her dress, and every day she took it out and looked at it as at some maleficent relic.
"Satan Sanderson" by Hallie Erminie Rives

In poetry:

On hills like tumuli, and waters mute,
A whiteness steals as of a world made still
When reptant Death at last rears absolute—
An earth now frozen by malefice of eyes
Aeonian dooms and realm-deep rigors fill—
The gaze of that Medusa of the skies.
"The Medusa Of The Skies" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

The Australian actor, prepping for a meaty role in "Maleficent," drops by the THR Cover Lounge to discuss Lifetime's upcoming telepic.
Angelina Jolie is shown as the title character in the film " Maleficent .".
First Look – Angelina Jolie as MALEFICENT .
Angelina Jolie as Maleficent .
Here's a first look at Angie as Maleficent .
Production Begins On Disney's ` Maleficent '.
Juno Temple Joins Angelina Jolie's ' Maleficent ' (Exclusive).
Eisley to play a younger Jolie in ' Maleficent '.
India Eisley ("The Secret Life of the American Teenager") is set to play a younger version of Angelina Jolie's character in Disney's " Maleficent, " which Joe Roth is producing via his Roth Films banner.
In the upcoming Disney movie ' Maleficent, ' Angelina Jolie will play the titular evil queen, who is the villain of the 'Sleeping Beauty' story.
Angelina Jolie performs own stunts on ' Maleficent ' set.
Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent" adds Pax and Zahara Jolie-Pitt to cast.
Angelina Jolie is shown as the title character in the film "Maleficent".
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Kids Pax and Zahara Cast in Maleficent.
Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent' Casts Pax and Zahara Jolie-Pitt.