- 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 maligning
What right has he to be standing there maligning the people of Ireland?General John Regan
George A. Birmingham
Can any one prevent a gossip from maligning a woman who loves?Child of a Century, Complete
Alfred de Musset
Whether I shall proceed in law against these scoundrels for maligning me, I have not determined.Sevenoaks
J. G. Holland
They strove again, as they had striven before, to win the King's favour by maligning him.Great Ralegh
Hugh De Selincourt
The maligning of Lipmann Heller was not altogether without consequences to the Jews.History of the Jews, Vol. IV (of VI)
- evil in influence, intention, or effect
- (tr) to slander or defame
Word Origin and History for maligning
"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.