malign

[ muh-lahyn ]
/ məˈlaɪn /

verb (used with object)

to speak harmful untruths about; speak evil of; slander; defame: to malign an honorable man.

adjective

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

1275–1325; Middle English maligne < Middle French < Latin malignus. See mal-, benign

OTHER WORDS FROM malign

ma·lign·er, nounma·lign·ly, adverbun·ma·ligned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for maligner

malign
/ (məˈlaɪn) /

adjective

evil in influence, intention, or effect

verb

(tr) to slander or defame

Derived forms of malign

maligner, nounmalignly, adverb

Word Origin for malign

C14: via Old French from Latin malīgnus spiteful, from malus evil
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