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ma·lign

 (mə-līn′)
tr.v. ma·ligned, ma·lign·ing, ma·ligns
To make evil, harmful, and often untrue statements about (someone).
adj.
1. Evil or harmful in nature or effect: "He felt that the malign influence of the house had governed his own disintegration" (Thomas Wolfe).
2. Intending or threatening harm or ill will; malevolent: "a snarling, bickering husky ... heavy-chested, with a malign eye" (Jack London).

[Middle English malignen, to attack, from Old French malignier, from Late Latin malignārī, from Latin malignus, malign; see genə- in Indo-European roots. Adj., from Middle English, from Old French, from Latin malignus.]

ma·lign′er n.
ma·lign′ly adv.
Synonyms: malign, defame, traduce, vilify, slander, calumniate, libel
These verbs mean to make evil, harmful, often untrue statements about another. Malign stresses malicious intent: "Have I not taken your part when you were maligned?" (William Makepeace Thackeray).
Defame suggests damage to reputation through misrepresentation: The plaintiff had been defamed and had legitimate grounds for a lawsuit.
Traduce connotes the humiliation or disgrace resulting from such damage: "My character was traduced by Captain Hawkins ... even the ship's company cried out shame" (Frederick Marryat).
Vilify pertains to open, deliberate, vicious defamation: "As long as there have been personal fouls and holding penalties, sports fans have vilified referees for making bad calls" (Jason Zinoman).
Slander and calumniate apply to oral expression: He slandered his political opponent. She calumniated and ridiculed her former employer.
Libel involves the communication of written or pictorial material: The celebrity sued the tabloid that libeled her.

malign

(məˈlaɪn)
adj
evil in influence, intention, or effect
vb
(tr) to slander or defame
[C14: via Old French from Latin malīgnus spiteful, from malus evil]
maˈligner n
maˈlignly adv

ma•lign

(məˈlaɪn)

v.t.
1. to speak harmful untruths about; slander; defame.
adj.
2. evil in effect; pernicious.
3. having or showing an evil disposition.
[1275–1325; Middle English maligne < Middle French < Latin malignus. See mal-, benign]
ma•lign′er, n.
ma•lign′ly, adv.

malign


Past participle: maligned
Gerund: maligning

Imperative
malign
malign
Present
I malign
you malign
he/she/it maligns
we malign
you malign
they malign
Preterite
I maligned
you maligned
he/she/it maligned
we maligned
you maligned
they maligned
Present Continuous
I am maligning
you are maligning
he/she/it is maligning
we are maligning
you are maligning
they are maligning
Present Perfect
I have maligned
you have maligned
he/she/it has maligned
we have maligned
you have maligned
they have maligned
Past Continuous
I was maligning
you were maligning
he/she/it was maligning
we were maligning
you were maligning
they were maligning
Past Perfect
I had maligned
you had maligned
he/she/it had maligned
we had maligned
you had maligned
they had maligned
Future
I will malign
you will malign
he/she/it will malign
we will malign
you will malign
they will malign
Future Perfect
I will have maligned
you will have maligned
he/she/it will have maligned
we will have maligned
you will have maligned
they will have maligned
Future Continuous
I will be maligning
you will be maligning
he/she/it will be maligning
we will be maligning
you will be maligning
they will be maligning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been maligning
you have been maligning
he/she/it has been maligning
we have been maligning
you have been maligning
they have been maligning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been maligning
you will have been maligning
he/she/it will have been maligning
we will have been maligning
you will have been maligning
they will have been maligning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been maligning
you had been maligning
he/she/it had been maligning
we had been maligning
you had been maligning
they had been maligning
Conditional
I would malign
you would malign
he/she/it would malign
we would malign
you would malign
they would malign
Past Conditional
I would have maligned
you would have maligned
he/she/it would have maligned
we would have maligned
you would have maligned
they would have maligned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.malign - speak unfavorably aboutmalign - speak unfavorably about; "She badmouths her husband everywhere"
asperse, besmirch, calumniate, defame, slander, smirch, denigrate, sully, smear - charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"
Adj.1.malign - evil or harmful in nature or influence; "prompted by malign motives"; "believed in witches and malign spirits"; "gave him a malign look"; "a malign lesion"
maleficent - harmful or evil in intent or effect
harmful - causing or capable of causing harm; "too much sun is harmful to the skin"; "harmful effects of smoking"
unkind - lacking kindness; "a thoughtless and unkind remark"; "the unkindest cut of all"
benignant, benign - pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence; "a benign smile"; "the benign sky"; "the benign influence of pure air"
2.malign - having or exerting a malignant influencemalign - having or exerting a malignant influence; "malevolent stars"; "a malefic force"
maleficent - harmful or evil in intent or effect

malign

verb
1. disparage, abuse, run down, libel, knock (informal), injure, rubbish (informal), smear, blacken (someone's name), slag (off) (slang), denigrate, revile, vilify, slander, defame, bad-mouth (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), traduce, speak ill of, derogate, do a hatchet job on (informal), calumniate, asperse We maligned him dreadfully, assuming the very worst about him.
disparage praise, compliment, commend, extol big up (slang, chiefly Caribbean)

malign

verb
To make defamatory statements about:
Law: libel.
adjective
1. Strongly suggestive of great harm, menace, or evil:
2. Characterized by intense ill will or spite:
Slang: bitchy.
Translations
يَطْعَنُ في، يَقْدَح في شَخْصٍ بَريء
pomlouvat
bagtale
rægja
pikta linkintispiktanoris
apmelotaprunāt
iftira etmekkara çalmak

malign

[məˈlaɪn]
A. ADJmaligno, malévolo
B. VT [+ person, reputation] → calumniar, difamar
you malign meeso no es justo

malign

[məˈlaɪn] vtdiffamer, calomnier

malign

adj (liter) personboshaft; force, intentböse; influence, effectunheilvoll ? also malignant
vtverleumden; (= run down)schlechtmachen; without wishing in any way to malign her …ich will ihr ja nichts (Schlechtes) nachsagen, aber …

malign

[məˈlaɪn]
1. adjmalefico/a, nocivo/a

malign

(məˈlain) verb
to say unpleasant things about (someone or something), especially without reason. He's always maligning his wife when she isn't there.
malignant (məˈlignənt) adjective
1. (of people, their actions etc) intending, or intended, to do harm. a malignant remark.
2. (of a tumour, disease etc) likely to become worse and cause death. She died of a malignant tumour.
maˈlignantly adverb
References in classic literature ?
While the less refined monsters of the band prepared, before the eyes of those who were to suffer, these well-known and vulgar means of torture, he approached Cora, and pointed out, with the most malign expression of countenance, the speedy fate that awaited her:
One was an aged, dignified, stern-looking gentleman, clad as for a solemn festival in grave and costly attire, but with a great bloodstain on his richly wrought band; the second, an aged man, meanly dressed, with a dark and malign countenance, and a broken halter about his neck; the third, a person not so advanced in life as the former two, but beyond the middle age, wearing a coarse woollen tunic and leather breeches, and with a carpenter's rule sticking out of his side pocket.
Paulvitch's naturally malign disposition was aggravated by the weakening and warping of his mental and physical faculties through torture and privation.
This familiar that I called out of my own soul, and sent forth alone to do his good pleasure, was a being inherently malign and villainous; his every act and thought centered on self; drinking pleasure with bestial avidity from any degree of torture to another; relentless like a man of stone.
Can it be that there is a malign influence of the sun at periods which affects certain natures, as at times the moon does others?
Hitherto I had merely thought myself impeded by the childish simplicity of the little people, and by some unknown forces which I had only to understand to overcome; but there was an altogether new element in the sickening quality of the Morlocks--a something inhuman and malign.
The picture seems to have a malign influence, for my mother rarely comes here without looking at it, and still more rarely does she look at it without weeping.
As yet she felt none of the malign consequences of the self-denial she was about to exert.
He was sure they were arranged in some order which had a secret and malign significance.
For he that turneth the humors back, and maketh the wound bleed inwards, endangereth malign ulcers, and pernicious imposthumations.
Never did I witness such a malign lust for blood as these demons of the outer air evinced in their mad battle with the therns.
cried one of them, to a sort of little, light-haired imp, with a well-favored and malign countenance, clinging to the acanthus leaves of a capital; "you are well named John of the Mill, for your two arms and your two legs have the air of four wings fluttering on the breeze.