malign

Definition of malign

ma`lign´
a.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.Unfavorable; unpropitious; pernicious; tending to injure; as, a malign aspect of planets.
3.Malignant; as, a malign ulcer.
v. t.1.To treat with malice; to show hatred toward; to abuse; to wrong; to injure.
[imp. & p. p. Maligned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Maligning.]
The people practice what mischiefs and villainies they will against private men, whom they malign by stealing their goods, or murdering them.
- Spenser.
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.
v. i.1.To entertain malice.

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