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It is interesting that in science fiction aliens are often portrayed as evil, destructive, and malevolent beings who prey on human victims. Does this view exist because so many fear outsiders and therefore perceive aliens as invaders who act in malevolent ways, bent on injuring us? Or is it fun to imagine harmful or malevolent forces in the universe, against which humans prevail after victorious but intense struggle?

Quiz: How would a malevolent person behave?

  • They would do all they could to help a friend.
  • They would deliberately try to hurt other people.
  • They would avoid any task that requires a lot of effort.

Memory Hook

Malevolent Violent Male The malevolent man is a highly violent male who tried to kill us all yesterday in the elevator, but we overpowered him.


  • Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States. — J. Bartlett Brebner J
  • The military industrial complex has become a hidden and malevolent force whose real purpose seems to be an ever escalating conglomeration of mysterious test facilities and concealed agendas. —Newsvine
  • The report itself is a simply amazing document, reflecting a relentless pattern of malevolent intervention designed to frustrate any hopes of peace, to stimulate violence and warfare. —Harper's Magazine
  • Advised by the good wizard Gandalf, he sets off to rid Middle-earth of the ring by throwing it into the fires of Mordor, the malevolent land where it was made. —The Christian Science Monitor

Word Ingredients

mal bad, evil
vol wish, want
-ent being in a state or condition

A malevolent person is in a “state or condition of wishing evil” upon others.

Word Theater

Sleeping Beauty The malevolent Maleficent gives Princess Aurora,the future Sleeping Beauty, a present as well.

Word Constellation