malign

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Via French from Latin malignus, from malus (bad) + genus (sort, kind). Compare benign.

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malign (comparative more malign, superlative most malign)

  1. evil or malignant in disposition, nature, intent or influence.
    • Francis Bacon
      Witchcraft may be by operation of malign spirits.
  2. malevolent.
  3. malignant
    a malign ulcer
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malign (third-person singular simple present maligns, present participle maligning, simple past and past participle maligned)

  1. (transitive) To make defamatory statements about; to slander or traduce.
    • South
      To be envied and shot at; to be maligned standing, and to be despised falling.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To treat with malice; to show hatred toward; to abuse; to wrong.
    • Spenser
      The people practice what mischiefs and villainies they will against private men, whom they malign by stealing their goods, or murdering them.

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