Definitions for malignməˈlaɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to speak harmful untruths about; slander; defame.

  2. (adj.)evil in effect; pernicious.

  3. having or showing an evil disposition.

Origin of malign:

1275–1325; ME maligne < MF < L malignus. See mal -, benign


Princeton's WordNet

  1. malign(adj)

    evil or harmful in nature or influence

    "prompted by malign motives"; "believed in witches and malign spirits"; "gave him a malign look"; "a malign lesion"

  2. malefic, malevolent, malign, evil(verb)

    having or exerting a malignant influence

    "malevolent stars"; "a malefic force"

  3. badmouth, malign, traduce, drag through the mud(verb)

    speak unfavorably about

    "She badmouths her husband everywhere"


  1. malign(Verb)

    To make defamatory statements about someone or something.

  2. malign(Adjective)

    evil or malignant in disposition, nature, intent or influence.

  3. malign(Adjective)


  4. Origin: Via French from Latin malignus, from malus + genus. Compare benign.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Malign(adj)

    having an evil disposition toward others; harboring violent enmity; malevolent; malicious; spiteful; -- opposed to benign

  2. Malign(adj)

    unfavorable; unpropitious; pernicious; tending to injure; as, a malign aspect of planets

  3. Malign(adj)

    malignant; as, a malign ulcer

  4. Malign(adj)

    to treat with malice; to show hatred toward; to abuse; to wrong; to injure

  5. Malign(adj)

    to speak great evil of; to traduce; to defame; to slander; to vilify; to asperse

  6. Malign(verb)

    to entertain malice


  1. Malign

    Malign is a Swedish black metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1994.

Anagrams of malign

  1. lingam

  2. laming

Translations for malign

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to say unpleasant things about (someone or something), especially without reason

He's always maligning his wife when she isn't there.

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