malign

(redirected from maligners)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical.
Related to maligners: malingers

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 ?
I would not have dwelt so long upon a circumstance that, perhaps, at first sight, may appear not very momentous, if I had not thought it necessary to justify my character, in point of cleanliness, to the world; which, I am told, some of my maligners have been pleased, upon this and other occasions, to call in question.
``thus be it to the maligners of the Temple-knights!'' Taking advantage of the dismay which was spread by the fall of Athelstane, and calling aloud, ``Those who would save themselves, follow me!'' he pushed across the drawbridge, dispersing the archers who would have intercepted them.
Great dangers undoubtedly accrue from this incarnation and distribution of the godhead, and hence Nature has her maligners, as if she were Circe; and Alphonso of Castille fancied he could have given useful advice.