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noun, plural ma·lig·ni·ties for 2.
  1. the state or character of being malign; malevolence; intense ill will; spite.
  2. a malignant feeling, action, etc.
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Origin of malignity

1350–1400; Middle English malignitee < Latin malignitās. See malign, -ity
Related formsnon·ma·lig·ni·ty, noun

Synonyms for malignity

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1. See malevolence.
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Related Words for malignity

spite, enmity, hostility, indignity, malice, evil, spitefulness, hatred, hate, meanness

Examples from the Web for malignity

Historical Examples of malignity

  • It has been the result of thoughtlessness, rather than of malignity.

    Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I

    Francis Augustus Cox

  • Inasmuch as he carries the malignity and the lie with him he so far deceases from nature.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • The covetousness or the malignity which saddens me when I ascribe it to society, is my own.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Malignity is seldom at a loss for some blemish to point out.

  • They are the product of malignity so evident that it defeats itself.

    The Scottish Reformation

    Alexander F. Mitchell

British Dictionary definitions for malignity


noun plural -ties
  1. the condition or quality of being malign, malevolent, or deadly
  2. (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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