- to speak harmful untruths about; speak evil of; slander; defame: to malign an honorable man.
- evil in effect; pernicious; baleful; injurious: The gloomy house had a malign influence upon her usually good mood.
- having or showing an evil disposition; malevolent; malicious.
Origin of malign
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Examples from the Web for malign
Timor is overjoyed at the malign trouble he and his friends have caused.The ‘Hunted’ Gays of Putin’s Russia: Vicious Vigilantes and State Bigotry Close Up
October 6, 2014
For people prone to believe doctors like me are part of some malign conspiracy, nothing I say will make a difference.Vaccines Are Poison, Cellphones Cause Cancer, and Other Medical Conspiracies
July 18, 2014
She leaves, scared of what she is capable of doing, her malign mentor cackling.‘Game of Thrones’ Withdrawal? Watch Nickelodeon’s Fantasy Epic ‘The Legend of Korra’
July 1, 2014
If the answer is yes, there is every chance that the news will throw a malign shadow over the tournament in Brazil.Let's Take Away the 2018 World Cup from Putin's Russia
June 10, 2014
After a few years in which Washington has exerted a malign force on demand, it is showing signs of becoming a neutral force.With the Ryan-Murray Deal, Washington Stops Hurting the Economy
December 11, 2013
The most malign of all these dangers today is disregard and disobedience of law.
The dread was like a malign invisible presence, never leaving me.The Conquest of Fear
She could never have dreamed that she had this malign power, but she was now at least to suspect it.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
We have crushed the Rebellion, but not its hopes or its malign purposes.
No matter how much others may malign you, I am still your friend.Grace Harlowe's Problem
Jessie Graham Flower
- evil in influence, intention, or effect
- (tr) to slander or defame
Word Origin and History for malign
"to slander," mid-15c., from earlier more literal sense of "to plot, to contrive" (early 15c.), from Old French malignier "to plot, deceive, pervert," from Late Latin malignare "to do maliciously," from malignus (see malign (adj.)). Related: Maligned; maligning.