Definition of malignant in English:

malignant

Line breaks: ma¦lig|nant
Pronunciation: /məˈlɪgnənt
 
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adjective

1Evil in nature or effect; malevolent: in the hands of malignant fate
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  • Too often the malignant evil in society shows up in how we treat our children.
  • The root cause is not so much the drugs trade, as the malignant rat-like nature of the human race.
  • What evil, malignant Commie menace could be behind this predicament?
Synonyms
2(Of a disease) very virulent or infectious.
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  • But neither of these processes is suitable for patients with infection or malignant disease.
  • Leon and Davey-Smith now show how a childhood infection may influence the epidemiology of malignant disease several decades later.
  • Patients with severe neutropenia with fever or signs of infection and those with evidence of malignant disease should be hospitalized.
Synonyms
virulent, infectious, invasive, uncontrollable, dangerous, harmful, pernicious; deadly, fatal, life-threatening, lethal, terminal, incurable
2.1(Of a tumour) tending to invade normal tissue or to recur after removal; cancerous. Contrasted with benign.
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  • Asbestosis is frequently accompanied by malignant tumors, such as lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma.
  • The difference between malignant and benign tumours is that malignant tumours have the ability to invade surrounding areas.
  • We describe a case of a highly malignant primary liver tumor in an elderly woman.
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Origin

mid 16th century (also in the sense 'likely to rebel against God or authority'): from late Latin malignant- 'contriving maliciously', from the verb malignare. The term was used in its early sense to describe Royalist sympathizers during the English Civil War.

Derivatives

malignantly

adverb
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  • But ethics committees can be used malignantly.
  • He dropped the fake pout and laughed malignantly.
  • Smiling malignantly, he gave a casual tip of his hat.

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