- persistent, intense ill will or desire to harm others; great malice
- the quality of being very harmful or dangerous; malignancy
- pl. -·ties a malignant act, event, or feeling
Origin of malignityMiddle English malignitee from Old French malignité from Classical Latin malignitas: see malign
- a. Intense ill will or hatred; great malice.b. An act or a feeling of great malice.
- The condition or quality of being highly dangerous or injurious; deadliness.
(countable and uncountable, plural malignities)
From the Latin roots mal- ("bad") and -nitor ("strive"). Translated from the Ancient Greek word ÎºÎ±ÎºÎ¿Î®Î¸ÎµÎ¹Î± (kakoÄ“theia, “bad character, mischievous").