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malign

MALIGN, a. mali'ne. [L. malignus, from malus, evil. See Malady.]

1. Having a very evil disposition towards others; harboring violent hatred or enmity; malicious; as malign spirits.

2. Unfavorable; pernicious; tending to injure; as a malign aspect of planets.

3. Malignant; pernicious; as a malign ulcer.

MALIGN, v.t. To regard with envy or malice; to treat with extreme enmity; to injure maliciously.

The people practice mischief against private men, whom they malign by stealing their goods and murdering them.

1. To traduce; to defame.

MALIGN, v.i. To entertain malice.




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MALIGN, a. mali'ne. [L. malignus, from malus, evil. See Malady.]

1. Having a very evil disposition towards others; harboring violent hatred or enmity; malicious; as malign spirits.

2. Unfavorable; pernicious; tending to injure; as a malign aspect of planets.

3. Malignant; pernicious; as a malign ulcer.

MALIGN, v.t. To regard with envy or malice; to treat with extreme enmity; to injure maliciously.

The people practice mischief against private men, whom they malign by stealing their goods and murdering them.

1. To traduce; to defame.

MALIGN, v.i. To entertain malice.


MA-LIGN, a. [mali'ne; Fr. maligne; L. malignus, from malus, evil. See Malady.]

  1. Having a very evil disposition toward others; harboring violent hatred or enmity; malicious; as, malign spirits. Milton.
  2. Unfavorable; pernicious; tending to injure; as, a malign aspect of planets. Milton.
  3. Malignant; pernicious; as, a malign ulcer. Bacon.

MA-LIGN, v.i.

To entertain malice. Milton.


MA-LIGN, v.t.

  1. To regard with envy or malice; to treat with extreme enmity; to injure maliciously. The people practice mischief against private men, whom they malign by stealing their goods and murdering them. Spenser.
  2. To traduce; to defame.

Ma*lign"
  1. Having an evil disposition toward others; harboring violent enmity; malevolent; malicious; spiteful; -- opposed to benign.

    Witchcraft may be by operation of malign spirits. Bacon.

  2. To speak great evil of; to traduce; to defame; to slander; to vilify; to asperse.

    To be envied and shot at; to be maligned standing, and to be despised falling. South.

  3. To entertain malice.

    [Obs.]
  4. Unfavorable; unpropitious; pernicious; tending to injure; as, a malign aspect of planets.
  5. Malignant; as, a malign ulcer.

    [R.] Bacon.
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Malign

MALIGN, adjective mali'ne. [Latin malignus, from malus, evil. See Malady.]

1. Having a very evil disposition towards others; harboring violent hatred or enmity; malicious; as malign spirits.

2. Unfavorable; pernicious; tending to injure; as a malign aspect of planets.

3. Malignant; pernicious; as a malign ulcer.

MALIGN, verb transitive To regard with envy or malice; to treat with extreme enmity; to injure maliciously.

The people practice mischief against private men, whom they malign by stealing their goods and murdering them.

1. To traduce; to defame.

MALIGN, verb intransitive To entertain malice.

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