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malign

[ muh-lahyn ]SEE DEFINITION OF malign
  • adj.hurtful, injurious
  • verbslander, defame

Synonyms for malign

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Antonyms for malign

  • aiding
  • benign
  • helpful
  • nice
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MALIGN

The most malign of all these dangers today is disregard and disobedience of law.

The dread was like a malign invisible presence, never leaving me.

She could never have dreamed that she had this malign power, but she was now at least to suspect it.

We have crushed the Rebellion, but not its hopes or its malign purposes.

No matter how much others may malign you, I am still your friend.

It was almost as if some malign genie were working against him.

Yet shall I not use it to malign either the Romans or their faith.

In vain did lie insult, abuse, and malign all his acquaintances.

From that room emanates a malign influence from which I would have protected you.

Abortion is attributed to the malign influence of evil spirits.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., from Old French maligne "having an evil nature," from Latin malignus "wicked, bad-natured," from male "badly" (see mal-) + -gnus "born," from gignere "to bear, beget," from PIE root *gn- "to bear" (see genus).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR MALIGN

asperse

verblibel
  • blacken
  • cast aspersions on
  • defame
  • detract
  • disparage
  • malign
  • slander
  • slur
  • smear
  • tear down
  • vilify

attack

verbassault verbally
  • abuse
  • berate
  • blame
  • blitz
  • censure
  • criticize
  • impugn
  • jump down one's throat
  • jump on one's case
  • lay into
  • malign
  • refute
  • reprove
  • revile
  • shoot down
  • stretch
  • vilify
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