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 &ellipsis; 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 gen&schwa;- 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)