Definition of malign in English:


Line breaks: ma¦lign
Pronunciation: /məˈlʌɪn


  • 1Evil in nature or effect: she had a strong and malign influence
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 archaic (Of a disease) malignant.
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    • 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.’


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  • 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.


Pronunciation: /məˈlɪgnɪti/
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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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

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