Letter: Merriam Says

Maleficence (mă-lĕf′ĭ-sĕns) [L. maleficentia, evildoing]

Acting in a deliberately harmful manner toward others.

Usage example:

He is committing a blatant act of maleficence by knowingly (or at least should have known) running up the Mt. Zion project costs because he has yet to come up with a workable solution to moving a statue.

Randy Bright

Ridgeway

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