- male engyn (12th - 15th centuries)
- (archaic) Evil intent, bad intention; fraud, deceit.
- 1485 July 31, Thomas Malory, “Capitulum quintum”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book XVIII, [London: William Caxton], OCLC 71490786, leaf 367, recto; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur, London: Published by David Nutt, in the Strand, 1889, OCLC 890162034, lines 15–16, page 733:
- for I dar ſaye / for good loue ſhe bad vs to dyner / and not for no male engyne /
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queen, III.i:
- the chaste damzell, that had neuer priefe / Of such malengine and fine forgerie, / Did easily beleeue her strong extremitie.
- 1641, John Milton, Of Reformation:
- for when the protector's brother, Lord Sudley, the admiral, through private malice and mal-engine was to lose his life, no man could be found fitter than Bishop Latimer […] to divulge in his sermon the forged accusations laid to his charge […].