Definition of Malign

1. Verb. Speak unfavorably about. "She badmouths her husband everywhere"

2. Adjective. Evil or harmful in nature or influence. "A malign lesion"
Attributes: Malignance, Malignancy, Malignity
Also: Maleficent, Harmful, Unkind
Similar to: Cancerous
Antonyms: Benign

3. Adjective. Having or exerting a malignant influence. "A malefic force"
Exact synonyms: Evil, Malefic, Malevolent
Similar to: Maleficent
Derivative terms: Malevolence, Malevolency, Malignity

Definition of Malign

1. a. Having an evil disposition toward others; harboring violent enmity; malevolent; malicious; spiteful; -- opposed to benign.

2. v. t. To treat with malice; to show hatred toward; to abuse; to wrong; to injure.

3. v. i. To entertain malice.

Definition of Malign

1. Adjective. evil or malignant in disposition, nature, intent or influence. ¹

2. Adjective. malevolent. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To make defamatory statements about someone or something. ¹

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Definition of Malign

1. to speak evil of [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Malign

1. 1. Having an evil disposition toward others; harboring violent enmity; malevolent; malicious; spiteful; opposed to benign. "Witchcraft may be by operation of malign spirits." (Bacon) 2. Unfavorable; unpropitious; pernicious; tending to injure; as, a malign aspect of planets. 3. Malignant; as, a malign ulcer. Origin: L. Malignus, for maligenus, i. E, of a bad kind or nature; malus bad + the root of genus birth, race, kind: cf. F. Malin, masc, maligne, fem. See Malice, Gender, and cf. Benign, Malignant. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Malign

malicious gossip
malicious mischief
malicious prosecution
malign (current term)
malignancy and immunodeficiency
malignant anaemia
malignant anemia
malignant carcinoid syndrome
malignant catarrh
malignant catarrh of cattle
malignant catarrhal fever
malignant catarrhal fever virus
malignant ciliary epithelioma

Literary usage of Malign

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1890)
"DISBELIEVING an opinion, expressed by some observers, that morbid growths of the larynx were liable to transformation into malign growths, Dr. Semon, ..."

2. Southern Literary Messenger (1849)
"... man of genius in his quarrel with an honest farmer,—that he would " write him down." The dark side of Swift's career, as a writer, is its malign aspect. ..."

3. History of New England by John Gorham Palfrey, Francis Winthrop Palfrey (1905)
"It was possible that the recent discovery, through the publication of the letters of Hutchinson and others, of the malign influences under which the ..."

4. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1861)
"... slavery-propagandist Confederacy which has made Montgomery the seat of its malign power. War, to prevent such a catastrophe, rises to the dignity of ..."

5. Prisons and Reformatories at Home and Abroad: Being the Transactions of the by Edwin Pears (1872)
"But another distinction to be made is between crimes of passion themselves—as between crimes of malign passion, as murder; and crimes of non-malign passion, ..."

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