Malign meaning

mə-līn
To make evil, harmful, and often untrue statements about (someone).
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Intending or threatening harm or ill will; malevolent.
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To speak evil of; defame; slander; traduce.
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Showing ill will; malicious.
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Evil; baleful.

A malign influence.

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Very harmful; malignant.
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A malign ulcer.

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To make defamatory statements about; to slander or traduce.
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(archaic) To treat with malice; to show hatred toward; to abuse; to wrong.
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The definition of malign is to speak badly about or criticism someone.

An example of malign is when you say someone is a thief.

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Evil or harmful in nature or effect.
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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