- 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 maligned
Biographer Andrew Roberts argues that history has maligned Napoleon by lumping him in with totalitarian thugs.Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator
November 7, 2014
It's a place where minorities are degraded and maligned for fun.The Fox News Apology Tour
October 1, 2014
“Haters gonna hate” makes the person who says it into an automatic martyr, persecuted, misunderstood, maligned.Why We Should Hate 'Haters Gonna Hate'
August 25, 2014
And in the end, it seems that Phillips, my old mentor, maligned as he has been by Cuban disinformation, will have the last laugh.The Evil Genius of Fidel Castro
Glenn L. Carle
June 10, 2012
Take Mitt Romney, surely the most maligned front-runner of modern times.Iowa Caucuses Are as Distorted as a Funhouse Mirror
January 2, 2012
The maligned Mrs. Dott announced that she had a good mind to box his ears.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
You shall be a witness hereafter of how deeply I am maligned.The Shame of Motley
I spurned him from me with violence because he had maligned your wife.Is He Popenjoy?</p>
I said I was pleased to hear it, no doubt someone had maligned them.Rdan The Devil And Other Stories
I did not enlighten him, for I had no desire to hear her maligned.The Seven Secrets
William Le Queux
- evil in influence, intention, or effect
- (tr) to slander or defame
Word Origin and History for maligned
"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.