[muh-lef-uh-suh ns] /məˈlɛf ə səns/

the doing of evil or harm:
the maleficence of thieves.
the quality or state of being or harmful.

1590s, from Middle French maleficence or directly from Latin maleficentia “evildoing, mischievousness, injury,” from maleficus “wicked” (see malefic). Now largely displaced by malfeasance.


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