- The definition of malign is to speak badly about or criticism someone.
An example of malign is when you say someone is a thief.
Origin: Middle English malignen from Old French malignier, to plot, deceive from Late Latin malignare from Late Latin malignus, wicked, malicious from male, ill (see mal-) plush base of genus, born: see genus
- showing ill will; malicious
- evil; baleful: a malign influence
- very harmful; malignant
- maligner noun
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transitive verb ma·ligned, ma·lign·ing, ma·ligns
- Evil in disposition, nature, or intent.
- Evil in influence; injurious.
- Having or showing malice or ill will; malevolent.
Origin: Middle English malignen, to attack, from Old French malignier, from Late Latin malignārī, from Latin malignus, malign; see genə- in Indo-European roots. Adj., from Middle English, from Old French, from Latin malignus.
- ma·lignˈer noun
- ma·lignˈly adverb