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MALIGN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does malign mean? 

MALIGN (adjective)
  The adjective MALIGN has 2 senses:

1. evil or harmful in nature or influence
2. having or exerting a malignant influence

  Familiarity information: MALIGN used as an adjective is rare.


MALIGN (verb)
  The verb MALIGN has 1 sense:

1. speak unfavorably about

  Familiarity information: MALIGN used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MALIGN (adjective)


Sense 1malign [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Evil or harmful in nature or influence

Context examples:

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

Similar:

cancerous (like a cancer; an evil that grows and spreads)

evil; harmful; injurious (tending to cause great harm)

Also:

maleficent (harmful or evil in intent or effect)

harmful (causing or capable of causing harm)

unkind (lacking kindness)

Attribute:

malignance; malignancy; malignity (quality of being disposed to evil; intense ill will)

Antonym:

benign (pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence)


Sense 2malign [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or exerting a malignant influence

Synonyms:

malefic; malevolent; malign; evil

Context examples:

malevolent stars / a malefic force

Similar:

maleficent (harmful or evil in intent or effect)


MALIGN (verb)


Sense 1malign [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Speak unfavorably about

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

badmouth; drag through the mud; malign; traduce

Context example:

She badmouths her husband everywhere

Hypernyms (to "malign" is one way to...):

asperse; besmirch; calumniate; defame; denigrate; slander; smear; smirch; sully (charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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