To malign is to speak badly of someone.
An example of malign is when you say someone is a thief.
Origin of malignMiddle English malignen from Old French malignier, to plot, deceive from Late Latin malignare from Late Latin malignus, wicked, malicious from male, ill (see mal-) + base of genus, born: see genus
- showing ill will; malicious
- evil; baleful: a malign influence
- very harmful; malignant
transitive verbma·ligned, ma·lign·ing, ma·ligns
- Evil or harmful in nature or effect: “He felt that the malign influence of the house had governed his own disintegration” ( Thomas Wolfe )
- Intending or threatening harm or ill will; malevolent: “a snarling, bickering husky … heavy-chested, with a malign eye” ( Jack London )
Origin of malignMiddle 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
(comparative more malign, superlative most malign)
(third-person singular simple present maligns, present participle maligning, simple past and past participle maligned)