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malign

Syllabification: ma·lign
Pronunciation: /məˈlīn
 
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Definition of malign in English:

adjective

1Evil in nature or effect; malevolent: she had a strong and malign influence
More example sentences
  • We should not believe that this malign aspect of human nature which sleeps in all of us has gone away or will ever go away.
  • The place is populated by endearing eccentrics who eat seal-flipper pie and brood darkly on the sea's malign nature.
  • The American Empire emerges, then, not as a complex phenomenon with some good effects and some malign ones.
Synonyms
harmful, evil, bad, baleful, hostile, inimical, destructive, malignant, injurious
literary malefic, maleficent
1.1 archaic (Of a disease) malignant.
Example sentences
  • Therapeutic measures such as bleeding and purging, designed originally to get rid or excess or malign humours, continued to be used.
  • But it was no match for the malign tumor, first detected just last spring, his colleagues said.
  • After hours spent quelling the fire with cold water, ‘he succumbed to a fever so malign that in just a few days he expired in the icy embrace of death.’

verb

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Speak about (someone) in a spitefully critical manner: don’t you dare malign her in my presence
More example sentences
  • But he denied the army had been maligning politicians to discredit them.
  • He was also taken aback because he felt the PR consultant was maligning someone who was dead.
  • Now that we have Camilla installed, her champion wrote, should we still be maligning this lady?
Synonyms
defame, slander, libel, blacken someone's name/character, smear, vilify, speak ill of, cast aspersions on, run down, traduce, denigrate, disparage, slur, abuse, revile
informal badmouth, dis, knock, talk smack

Origin

Middle English: via Old French maligne (adjective), malignier (verb), based on Latin malignus 'tending to evil', from malus 'bad'.

Derivatives

maligner

1
noun
Example sentences
  • It's not simply, as the maligners would have it, a moneygrabbing procedure.
  • In recent years, the internet has provided a new medium for malcontents and maligners to spread fiction as fact to a wide swath of the public through mass distributed e-mails.
  • Kevin also gives himself the opportunity to vent a lot of anger and frustration out at the film industry, Internet maligners and, um, more Internet maligners.

malignity

2
Pronunciation: /-ˈliɡnətē/
noun
Example sentences
  • He is laughing, with a touch of anger in his laughter, but no triumph, no malignity.
  • Despite their obvious malignity, so pronounced as to have raised clinical questions, Mr Latham's own diagnoses are not entirely faulty.
  • The result is a rising tide of neglect, cruelty, sadism, and joyous malignity that staggers and appalls me.

malignly

3
adverb
Example sentences
  • But don't let them lurk deep in your soul's most secret crannies, malignly pulling strings and making you act out in absurd ways.
  • What unites the tyrannical of this world is the human instinct to obey, and to conform, an instinct malignly exploited by evil leaders.
  • However, the other woman is not helping and is staring malignly at me.

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