- tending to produce death, as bubonic plague.
- (of a tumor) characterized by uncontrolled growth; cancerous, invasive, or metastatic.
Origin of malignant
Examples from the Web for malignantly
The fact is, we would never know how malignantly wicked our hearts are but for our eyes.Bunyan Characters - Third Series|Alexander Whyte
Almost every year the rumour of his death was spread abroad, malignantly, as he himself thinks.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation|Johan Huizinga
Colonel Cunningham speaks of “the malignantly sneaking expression of the pallid eyes.”Birds of the Plains|Douglas Dewar
He had therefore little right to expect indulgence from the party which he had unfairly and malignantly assailed.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Thereupon the hotheads lowered upon him malignantly, and Hardy Atkins hunted up his high-life bottle.Bat Wing Bowles|Dane Coolidge
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Word Origin for malignant
Word Origin and History for malignantly
1560s, in reference to diseases, from Middle French malignant and directly from Late Latin malignantem (nominative malignans) "acting from malice," present participle of malignare "injure maliciously" (see malign (v.)). Earlier in the church malignant "followers of the antichrist," from Latin ecclesiam malignantum in early Church writing, applied by Protestant writers to the Church in Rome (1540s). As an adjective, Middle English used simple malign (early 14c.). Related: Malignantly.
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Culture definitions for malignantly
A descriptive term for things or conditions that threaten life or well-being. Malignant is the opposite of benign.