Malevolence (noun)

the state of wanting and causing nothing but harm to others


In the article “No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear” by Toni Morrison, the word malevolence is used in this sentence: “This is the first step of a despot whose instinctive acts of malevolence are not simply mindless or evil; they are also perceptive.”

Morrison is talking about dictators and tyrants hurting many people as a strategy of repression.

Synonyms: malice, hostility, hatred, grudge

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