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[muh-lig-nuh n-see]
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noun, plural ma·lig·nan·cies for 2, 3.
  1. the quality or condition of being malignant.
  2. malignant character, behavior, action, or the like: the malignancies of war.
  3. a malignant tumor.
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Also ma·lig·nance (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of malignancy

First recorded in 1595–1605; malign(ant) + -ancy
Related formsnon·ma·lig·nance, nounnon·ma·lig·nan·cy, noun, plural non·ma·lig·nan·cies.
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Related Words for malignance

grudge, enmity, hostility, bitterness, resentment, animus, meanness, antipathy, animosity, rancor, hatred, malice, loathing, contempt, distaste, envy, acrimony, hate, disgust, horror

Examples from the Web for malignance

Historical Examples of 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.

  • Being but a little wisp of a man, all malignance and no courage, he would have fled when he saw me.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for malignance


noun plural -cies
  1. the state or quality of being malignant
  2. pathol a cancerous growth
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Word Origin and History for malignance



c.1600, "malignant nature," from malignant + -cy. Of growths, tumors, from 1680s.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

malignance in Medicine


  1. The state or quality of being malignant.
  2. A malignant tumor.
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