- the quality or condition of being malignant.
- malignant character, behavior, action, or the like: the malignancies of war.
- a malignant tumor.
Also ma·lig·nance (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of malignancy
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Examples from the Web for malignance
She's heard that the malignance of mummies, especially in museums, is incredible.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
There is, of course, in much of this something of the malignance of party.Washington and his Comrades in Arms
Being but a little wisp of a man, all malignance and no courage, he would have fled when he saw me.The Master of Appleby
There was malignance, there was red anger, but there was entreaty, the cry of a slave to a master.The Pursuit
Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
She was about to speak when he abruptly halted and faced her with a petrifying burst of malignance.Ewing\'s Lady
Harry Leon Wilson
- the state or quality of being malignant
- pathol a cancerous growth
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Word Origin and History for malignance
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The state or quality of being malignant.
- A malignant tumor.
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