[ muh-lahyn ]
/ məˈlaɪn /
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verb (used with object)
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:
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Origin of malign
OTHER WORDS FROM malignma·lign·er, nounma·lign·ly, adverb
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How to use malign in a sentence
In vain have rewards been offered to any priestly maligner to bring forward the evidence.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 3 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
She proves her innocence by going before the king and swearing that her maligner has stolen one of her golden slippers.Filipino Popular Tales|Dean S. Fansler
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.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 11 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
But I denounce him as a calumniator of my country; a maligner of this nation.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 9 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
British Dictionary definitions for malign
/ (məˈlaɪn) /
evil in influence, intention, or effect
(tr) to slander or defame
Derived forms of malignmaligner, nounmalignly, adverb
Word Origin for malign
C14: via Old French from Latin malīgnus spiteful, from malus evil
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