1. the desire to harm someone; 2. bitterness, hatred, or ill will. Malevolence comes from the Latin male, “evil” and volence, “to wish.”
Thus, both the noun malevolence and its adjective form, malevolent, denote wishing evil upon someone. Also, think of the word benevolence, which is a tendency to be kind, good and generous.
– The president turned into a malevolent dictator who garnered satisfaction from imposing his will at the expense of his rivals and subjects.
– Although Marc never openly acted them out, he harbored feelings of malevolence towards his stepmother for many years.
– The Godfather gave him a malevolent look from across the room that made him shiver with fear.
– The serial killer was was born with malevolence in his heart and became a malefactor in his adult life.
malice, evil, spite, rancor, vengeance, hatred
1. to redirect; 2. to distract attention or change purpose; 3. to amuse or entertain
Divert comes from the Latin divertere, which means “to turn aside.” If someone is looking to one side and then you divert his attention, you are inducing him to “turn aside” and look in another direction; you are diverting his attention. One can divert incoming calls directly to voicemail to avoid interruptions. The related noun is diversion and denotes distraction or amusement.
– The baby was crying, but nothing could divert Derrick’s attention from the Formula1 race on TV.
– After the heist, the criminal decided to divert the stolen gold bars to an undisclosed location outside the country.
– During the recent power crisis, the national energy company preventively diverted electricity flows.
– John was really concerned about the pending lawsuit, so going to see a movie was a good diversion from his worries.
distract, deflect, diverge, shunt, sidetrack,