Antonyms of adj malevolent

2 senses of malevolent

Sense 1
malevolent -- (wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred; "a gossipy malevolent old woman"; "failure made him malevolent toward those who were successful")

INDIRECT (VIA malicious) -> unmalicious -- (not malicious or spiteful)

Sense 2
malefic, malevolent, malign, evil -- (having or exerting a malignant influence; "malevolent stars"; "a malefic force")

INDIRECT (VIA maleficent) -> beneficent -- (doing or producing good; "the most beneficent regime in history")

Similarity of adj malevolent

2 senses of malevolent

Sense 1
malevolent -- (wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred; "a gossipy malevolent old woman"; "failure made him malevolent toward those who were successful")
       => malicious (vs. unmalicious) -- (having the nature of or resulting from malice; "malicious gossip"; "took malicious pleasure in...watching me wince"- Rudyard Kipling)

Sense 2
malefic, malevolent, malign, evil -- (having or exerting a malignant influence; "malevolent stars"; "a malefic force")
       => maleficent (vs. beneficent) -- (harmful or evil in intent or effect)

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