Maleficent is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of maleficent, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - harmful or evil in intent or effect
EXAMPLES - Maleficent in a Sentence
- Other things do not: we call them bad or "maleficent". (source)
- Have they gone up since under maleficent Saxon coercion? (source)
- His maleficent wife and her pawns had breached his palace. (source)
- The Taglians came to it as though guided by maleficent demons. (source)
- But now it sounded to me like the name of some maleficent and sinful being. (source)
- From their perspective, the waves looked maleficent and measured off the scale. (source)
- What front can we make against these unavoidable, victorious, maleficent forces? (source)
- Hence our worship of monetary success and our maleficent Prison Industrial Complex. (source)
- Jealousy is a maleficent deity of the harpy tribe; she embitters everything she touches. (source)
- The bokor and all his apparently maleficent activities were accepted because they are somehow essential. (source)
- The popular tales of all Europe would, meanwhile, tend to support the church, in viewing them as maleficent genii. (source)
- Shelley uses 'monopolizers' to suggest a maleficent circulation of goods, a feature shared by his vegetarian writing. (source)
- Sanjeev's speeding BMW is a symbol of gleaming, maleficent capital, unchecked by conscience or by the roadblocks of the state. (source)
- For centuries, even scholars considered these cosmic streakers divine portents (usually of the maleficent variety) and therefore Not Their Job. (source)
- Paternoster ruby had been potent to project its maleficent influence from the depths of its watery grave, and shape the destinies of the living. (source)
- He considers the theory of a beneficent or maleficent deity a purely sentimental fancy, contradicted by human reason and the aspect of the world. (source)
- Standing out in strong antithesis to the benevolent divinities is an order of maleficent spirits corresponding to the proverbial devils of other cults. (source)
- It was something that was being awakened in him, an image incarnate of outward conditions, as cruel, as ugly, as maleficent as were those outward conditions. (source)
- And blackness it was, except about the fires where the bandits huddled well away from the keep, for the pale light of the moon seemed not to enter that maleficent vale. (source)
- As personifications of radical otherness, the monsters of supernatural horror are often identified with the divine, especially with its more dreadful, maleficent aspects. (source)
- Despite the deeply hypocritical show of reverence for one so maleficent, it is fitting that a military escort will deliver Ford's casket to the Capitol's Rotunda for viewing. (source)
- Acting in unison to protect the interests of opulent shareholders and maleficent politicians, print, radio, and television media embody the Ministry of Truth Orwell envisioned. (source)
- The only way to dispel this kind of dark and maleficent merde is to brightly illuminate it and to shove it back into the faces, and down the throats, of the sob's that generated it. (source)
- But the more refined Greeks believed for a long time that the moon was bewitched, and that the magicians made it descend from heaven to put into the herbs a certain maleficent froth. (source)
- Beneficent applications are frequently bought at the price of a wholesale re-orientation of human lives; the price in human lives of maleficent application is only too familiar to us. (source)
- This maleficent monster sprays a toxic insecticide that is lethal to Spider-Man as he wreaks havoc on the space program, the board of directors of his own corporation and especially Mary Jane. (source)
- Today, CNN, Fox and MSNBC have, on and off, given over the little box to enhanced satellite images of Hurricane Wilma, which swirl and re-swirl in fiery red like an animated and maleficent corporate logo. (source)
- Machiavellian moneyed elites infest and dominate nearly every node of power in our maleficent socioeconomic and political infrastructure, including Wall Street, the Pentagon, Congress, the White House, and the Fourth Estate. (source)
- Or, if a man arrives with a soul, the maleficent elements gradually break it, gradually, till he decomposes into ideas and mechanistic activities, in a body full of mechanical energy, but with his blood-soul dead and putrescent. (source)
- Not only is it a supramundane and magnified man -- that it will always be while its spots are so anthropoid, and man himself is so anthropomorphic -- but it has ever been, and still is, a being of maleficent and misanthropic disposition. (source)
- Nor may we think that these divine beings lose or gain in goodness as they see this one or another of the company in various aspects, and that in their happier position they are benignant to us and, less pleasantly situated, turn maleficent. (source)
- But now all was changed, and, as has been said in the previous chapter, a situation arose analogous to that of the Spaniards in the West Indies a century and a half later when Morgan and the buccaneers were at the height of their maleficent prowess. (source)
- If something could bring a great evil from his own world into this one, an evil which none here including Clothahump could understand, why could not that same maleficent force reverse the channel one day and thrust some similar unmentionable horror on his own unsuspecting world? (source)
- If He was able and yet did not do it, you will undoubtedly tremble to pronounce or consider Him a maleficent being; but if He was unable to do so, do not tremble to regard Him as a power of very great extent indeed, but nevertheless circumscribed by His nature within certain limits. (source)
- It's not good enough that a few hundred people reading a website may "get this"; again, unless Obama fights this maleficent horror/terror at every level .... he will/we will lose .... and the longer this pustulence "sits out there" unchallenged the harder it will be to clean up/disinfect. (source)
- With the practice of sorcery many of the inhabitants had, of course, become aware of the existence of powerful elementals -- creatures who had been called into being, or at least animated by their own powerful wills, which being directed towards maleficent ends, naturally produced the elementals of power and malignity. (source)
- The confidence and trust in the justice and fairness of the United States, so long manifested, has completely vanished, and the maleficent influence of this condition is permeating public opinion in all Latin-American countries, a condition which, if remedial measures are not invoked, will work inestimable harm throughout the Western Hemisphere. (source)
- The essentially religious character of the Indian mind, and his desire to secure for himself and for his family those benefits which he believes will follow from the establishment of a perfect understanding with his deities -- in other words, from the rendering of proper homage to benignant deities and the propitiation of the maleficent ones -- are exhibited in these ceremonies. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 38.0, which suggests that "maleficent" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 48 synonyms for maleficent.
angry, atrocious, bad, baneful, base, beastly, calamitous, corrupt, damnable, depraved, destructive, disastrous, execrable, flagitious, foul, harmful, hateful, heinous, hideous, iniquitous, injurious, loathsome, low, malevolent, malicious, malignant, nefarious, no good, obscene, offensive, pernicious, poison, rancorous, reprobate, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, spiteful, stinking, ugly, unpleasant, unpropitious, vicious, vile, villainous, wicked, wrathful, wrong
We have 27 antonyms for maleficent.
agreeable, aiding, assisting, attractive, auspicious, beautiful, benevolent, decent, delightful, friendly, gentle, good, helpful, honest, honorable, kind, lovely, moral, nice, pleasant, pleasing, right, sinless, upright, virtuous, wonderful, worthy
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of maleficent from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Harmful or evil in intent or effect.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Harmful or evil in intent or effect.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Doing evil to others; harmful; mischievous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Doing or producing harm; acting with evil intent or effect; harmful; mischievous: as, a maleficent enemy or deed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) harmful or evil in intent or effect