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malign

[muh-lahyn]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to speak harmful untruths about; speak evil of; slander; defame: to malign an honorable man.
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adjective
  1. evil in effect; pernicious; baleful; injurious: The gloomy house had a malign influence upon her usually good mood.
  2. having or showing an evil disposition; malevolent; malicious.
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Origin of malign

1275–1325; Middle English maligne < Middle French < Latin malignus. See mal-, benign
Related formsma·lign·er, nounma·lign·ly, adverbun·ma·ligned, adjective

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Antonyms

1. praise.
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for maligner

Historical Examples

  • The author of the Suite de Merlin seems to have been her first maligner.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1

    George Saintsbury

  • Instead, it is too often a treacherous spy, a maligner and falsifier.

    Mal Moule

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • He forgives your maligner, and slanders you with all his heart.

  • But I denounce him as a calumniator of my country; a maligner of this nation.

  • She had saved her maligner's life, but courage deserted her with the act.

    Graustark

    George Barr McCutcheon


British Dictionary definitions for maligner

malign

adjective
  1. evil in influence, intention, or effect
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verb
  1. (tr) to slander or defame
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Derived Formsmaligner, nounmalignly, adverb

Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Latin malīgnus spiteful, from malus evil
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Word Origin and History for maligner

n.

early 15c., agent noun from malign (v.).

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malign

v.

"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.

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malign

adj.

early 14c., from Old French maligne "having an evil nature," from Latin malignus "wicked, bad-natured," from male "badly" (see mal-) + -gnus "born," from gignere "to bear, beget," from PIE root *gn- "to bear" (see genus).

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