malignant

[ muh-lig-nuhnt ]SEE DEFINITION OF malignant
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The forger smiled, and there was malignant triumph in his expression.

The pursuit had a malignant pleasure in it: we knew the men we were driving before us.

His malignant and revengeful passions were not so easily laid.

You are a most malignant and dangerous Whig to have so far drawn them from their duty.'

Into his snarl he incorporated all that was vicious, malignant, and horrible.

"You have won the wager, but not quite," he said, with a malignant smile.

For Blood at the moment he had nothing beyond a malignant glance.

An' is it for a houseless sot like you to take to minglin' with him malignant?

I had a horrible feeling that they were alive and malignant.

I thought that the very expression of his eyes as he turned them on me was malignant.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, in reference to diseases, from Middle French malignant and directly from Late Latin malignantem (nominative malignans) "acting from malice," present participle of malignare "injure maliciously" (see malign (v.)). Earlier in the church malignant "followers of the antichrist," from Latin ecclesiam malignantum in early Church writing, applied by Protestant writers to the Church in Rome (1540s). As an adjective, Middle English used simple malign (early 14c.). Related: Malignantly.

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