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Meaning of MALIGN

Pronunciation:  mu'lIn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  having or exerting a malignant influence; "malevolent stars"; "a malefic force"
  2. [adj]  evil or harmful in nature or influence; "prompted by malign motives"; "believed in witches and malign spirits"; "gave him a malign look"; "a malign lesion"
  3. [v]  speak unfavorably about; "She badmouthes her husband everywhere"

MALIGN is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: badmouth, cancerous, drag through the mud, evil, harmful, injurious, malefic, maleficent, malevolent, malignant, traduce
 Antonyms: benign, benignant
 See Also: asperse, besmirch, calumniate, defame, denigrate, malicious, slander, smear, smirch, sully, unkind



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ma*lign"\, a. [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}.]
    1. Having an evil disposition toward others; harboring
       violent enmity; malevolent; malicious; spiteful; --
       opposed to {benign}.
             Witchcraft may be by operation of malign spirits.
    2. Unfavorable; unpropitious; pernicious; tending to injure;
       as, a malign aspect of planets.
    3. Malignant; as, a malign ulcer. [R.] --Bacon.
  2. \Ma*lign"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Maligned}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Maligning}.] [Cf. L. malignare. See {Malign}, a.]
    To treat with malice; to show hatred toward; to abuse; to
    wrong; to injure. [Obs.]
          The people practice what mischiefs and villainies they
          will against private men, whom they malign by stealing
          their goods, or murdering them.          --Spenser.
    2. To speak great evil of; to traduce; to defame; to slander;
       to vilify; to asperse.
             To be envied and shot at; to be maligned standing,
             and to be despised falling.           --South.
  3. \Ma*lign"\, v. i.
    To entertain malice. [Obs.]
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