Tuesday’s Word

Harmful or evil in intent or effect

The opiate of Zeus’s daughter bore this canny power. It had been supplied her by Polydmnia, mistress of Lord Thon, in Egypt, where the rich plantations grow herbs of all kinds, maleficent and healthful; and no one else knows medicines as they do, Egyptian heirs of Paian, the healing god.–Homer. The Odyssey, book 4.

Here’s another one from my husband, whose reading tastes are slightly more academic than mine. Thanks, Shane!

Definition from OneLook Online Dictionary


About Jessi Gage

Jessi lives with her husband and children in the Seattle area. She’s a passionate reader of all genres of romance, especially anything involving the paranormal. Ghosts, demons, vampires, witches, weres, faeries...you name it, she’ll read it. As for writing, she's sticking to Highlanders and contemporaries with a paranormal twist (for now). A career student (aka indecisive and inquisitive bookworm), Jessi brings her love of research to her worlds and characters. Her guiding tenet in her writing is that good always trumps evil, but not before evil gives good one heck of a run for its money. The last time she imagined a world without romance novels, her husband found her crouched in the corner, rocking.
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3 Responses to Tuesday’s Word

  1. Mae Clair says:

    Definitely a new one on me. I never would have matched up that definition!

  2. Wasn’t maleficent the name of the evil fairy in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty? All my scholarly reading lately has been about zombis (the real kind, not the Hollywood kind).

    • Jessi Gage says:

      Hey, I think you’re right on the name of the evil stepmother in Sleeping Beauty! I hadn’t thought of that.

      There are real zombies? I’m going to lock my doors tonight!

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