Malign Definition

mə-līn
maligned, maligning, maligns
verb
maligned, maligning, maligns
To make evil, harmful, and often untrue statements about (someone).
American Heritage
To speak evil of; defame; slander; traduce.
Webster's New World

(archaic) To treat with malice; to show hatred toward; to abuse; to wrong.

Wiktionary
Antonyms:
upholdpraise
adjective
Showing ill will; malicious.
Webster's New World
Very harmful; malignant.
Webster's New World
Evil; baleful.
A malign influence.
Webster's New World
A malign ulcer.
Wiktionary
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Origin of Malign

  • Middle English malignen to attack from Old French malignier from Late Latin malignārī from Latin malignus malign genə- in Indo-European roots Adj., from Middle English from Old French from Latin malignus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Via French from Latin malignus, from malus (bad) + genus (sort, kind). Compare benign.

    From Wiktionary

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