malign

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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.
    • 1631, [Francis Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. [], 3rd edition, London: [] VVilliam Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee [], OCLC 1044372886:
      Witchcraft may be by operation of malign spirits.
  2. Malevolent.
  3. (oncology) 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  2. (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.

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin malignus

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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