malign

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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  • enPR: mə-līn', IPA(key): /məˈlaɪn/
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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. (oncology) malignant
    a malign ulcer
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)

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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.
    • 2018 November 18, Phil McNulty, “England 2 - 1 Croatia”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      The obvious joy of England's players and supporters after that dramatic finale was another indicator that the Uefa Nations League, mocked and maligned at its inception, is capturing the public's imagination.
    • (Can we date this quote by 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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) 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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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin malignus

Adjective[edit]

malign (masculine and feminine malign, neuter malignt, definite singular and plural maligne)

  1. (medicine) malignant

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin malignus

Adjective[edit]

malign (masculine and feminine malign, neuter malignt, definite singular and plural maligne)

  1. (medicine) malignant