[ muh-lig-ni-tee ]
/ məˈlɪg nɪ ti /

noun, plural ma·lig·ni·ties for 2.

the state or character of being malign; malevolence; intense ill will; spite.
a malignant feeling, action, etc.

Origin of malignity

1350–1400; Middle English malignitee < Latin malignitās. See malign, -ity
Related formsnon·ma·lig·ni·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for malignity


/ (məˈlɪɡnɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the condition or quality of being malign, malevolent, or deadly
(often plural) a malign or malicious act or feeling
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Word Origin and History for malignity



late 14c., from Old French maligneté, from Latin malignitas "ill-will, spite," from malignus (see malign (adj.)).

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