malignant

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French malignant, from Late Latin malignans. See malign.ancient Latin malus,mala,malum meaning bad as an adjective(entry by MAC michael alander)

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Adjective[edit]

malignant (comparative more malignant, superlative most malignant)

  1. Harmful, malevolent, injurious.
    malignant temper;  malignant revenge;  malignant infection
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      “[…] the awfully hearty sort of Christmas cards that people do send to other people that they don't know at all well. You know. The kind that have mottoes [] . And then, when you see [the senders], you probably find that they are the most melancholy old folk with malignant diseases. […]”
  2. (medicine) Tending to produce death; threatening a fatal issue.
    malignant diphtheria
    a malignant tumor

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Noun[edit]

malignant (plural malignants)

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    • 1823, The Retrospective Review (volume 7, page 11)
      As devout Stephen was carried to his burial by devout men, so is it just and equal that malignants should carry malignants []

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Verb[edit]

malignant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of malignō