Is malevolent a Scrabble word?
Yes, malevolent is a Scrabble word!
...and is worth 15 points in Scrabble, and 20 points in Words with Friends
Malevolent is a valid Scrabble word.
See the definition of malevolent and examples of how malevolent is used here.
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Malevolent means something similar to evil, but it's a more intense type of word. It's used to describe something with evil or vicious intentions.
It can also describe the product of evil, usually referring to a being or spirit.
It has French and Latin origins, depending on how far back you go. The Latin components are "male" and "volens". Contrary to popular belief, "male" doesn't mean anything negative about men — at least in this instance. It's an old Latin prefix that means "bad". "Volens" means "to wish".
In its most basic parts, malevolent means "to wish something bad."
In Disney's version of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent is the "mistress of evil". Her name is an obvious play on the word "malevolent". Of course, Disney eventually gave Maleficent her own movie franchise and made her a somewhat sympathetic figure, which kind of defeats the original meaning of her name. Is she evil or isn't she? Maybe she's just misunderstood. If so, they should probably change her name so it doesn't have such negative connotations.
The opposite of malevolent is benevolent, which means "to wish well".
Examples of Malevolent in a Sentence:
- That tornado looks malevolent.
- Karen isn't just a gossip; she's absolutely malevolent.
- Everyone knows Satan is malevolent, from his pitchfork to his cloven hooves.
2 definitions of the word malevolent.
- Wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred
- Having or exerting a malignant influence
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