What does malign mean?

Definitions for malignməˈlaɪn

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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

  7. Origin: [L. malignus, for maligenus, i. e., of a bad kind or nature; malus bad + the root of genus birth, race, kind: cf. F. malin, masc., maligne, fem. See Malice, Gender, and cf. Benign, Malignant.]


  1. Malign

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Malign

    ma-līn′, adj. of an evil disposition towards others: malicious: unfavourable.—v.t. to speak evil of: (obs.) to treat with malice.—ns. Malign′er; Malig′nity, state or quality of being malign: great hatred, virulence: deadly quality.—adv. Malign′ly.—n. Malign′ment. [Fr. malin, fem. maligne—L. malignus for maligenus, of evil disposition—malus, bad, and gen, root of genus.]

Anagrams for malign »

  1. lingam

  2. laming


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of malign in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of malign in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Erik Gordon:

    ?It is a hallowed campaign tradition. Malign an industry, but court its wealthy big shots.

  2. Lance Morrow:

    The real 196s began on the afternoon of November 22, 1963....It came to seem that Kennedy's murder opened some malign trap door in American culture, and the wild bats flapped out.

  3. Martin Dempsey:

    There is clearly the opportunity for Iran to use some of the revenue that they gain for malign purposes, and that bears watching and collaboration with our regional partners, including Israel.

  4. Peter Moskos:

    Once he is a prisoner he is absolutely your responsibility, even if there was no malign intent, even if there was no assault, he's your prisoner. He goes into the wagon alive, he can't come out dead.

  5. Iran Dempsey:

    There's every reason to believe that the majority of it will be used to fix their economy that suffered under the sanctions, but I also am alert to the possibility that some if it could be used to support the other malign activities.

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