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- Evil or malignant in disposition, nature, intent or influence.
- (oncology) Malignant.
- a malign ulcer
evil or malignant
- (transitive) To make defamatory statements about; to slander or traduce.
- 2018 November 18, Phil McNulty, “England 2 - 1 Croatia”, in BBC Sport:
- 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.
- 1698, Robert South, Twelve Sermons upon Several Subjects and Occasions:
- To be envied and shot at; to be maligned standing, and to be despised falling.
- (transitive, archaic) To treat with malice; to show hatred toward; to abuse; to wrong.
- 1633, Edmund Spenser, A Vewe of the Present State of Irelande […], Dublin: […] Sir James Ware; reprinted as A View of the State of Ireland […], Dublin: […] the Society of Stationers, […] Hibernian Press, […] By John Morrison, 1809:
- The people practice what mischiefs and villainies they will against private men, whom they malign by stealing their goods, or murdering them.
- See also Thesaurus:defame
slander or traduce; to make defamatory statements about