malignity


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ma·lig·ni·ty

 (mə-lĭg′nĭ-tē)
n. pl. ma·lig·ni·ties
1.
a. Intense ill will or hatred; great malice.
b. An act or a feeling of great malice.
2. The condition or quality of being highly dangerous or injurious; deadliness.

malignity

(məˈlɪɡnɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the condition or quality of being malign, malevolent, or deadly
2. (often plural) a malign or malicious act or feeling

ma•lig•ni•ty

(məˈlɪg nɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality or state of being malignant.
2. an instance of malignant feeling or behavior.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.malignity - wishing evil to othersmalignity - wishing evil to others    
hate, hatred - the emotion of intense dislike; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action
maleficence - doing or causing evil
malice, maliciousness, spite, spitefulness, venom - feeling a need to see others suffer
vengefulness, vindictiveness - a malevolent desire for revenge
2.malignity - quality of being disposed to evilmalignity - quality of being disposed to evil; intense ill will
evilness, evil - the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice; "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"
benignancy, benignity, graciousness - the quality of being kind and gentle

malignity

noun
Translations

malignity

[məˈlɪgnɪtɪ] Nmalignidad f

malignity

nBösartigkeit f; (Med also) → Malignität f (spec)
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Neither is there only a habit of goodness, directed by right reason; but there is in some men, even in nature, a disposition towards it; as on the other side, there is a natural malignity.
At length youth and a happy constitution surmounted the malignity, and I recovered my former health.
To form a safe and satisfactory judgment of the proper remedy, it is absolutely necessary that we should be well acquainted with the extent and malignity of the disease.
The collection, I assure you, was an object lesson in human malignity.
Their natural antipathy of temperament made resentment an easy passage to hatred, and in Philip the transition seemed to have begun; there was no malignity in his disposition, but there was a susceptibility that made him peculiarly liable to a strong sense of repulsion.
You must have observed, gentlemen," said he, "an ignorant and a blatant ass, with a rasping throat and a countenance expressive of low malignity, who went through - I will not say sustained - the role (if I may use a French expression) of Claudius King of Denmark.
One great excellency in this tribe, is their skill at prognostics, wherein they seldom fail; their predictions in real diseases, when they rise to any degree of malignity, generally portending death, which is always in their power, when recovery is not: and therefore, upon any unexpected signs of amendment, after they have pronounced their sentence, rather than be accused as false prophets, they know how to approve their sagacity to the world, by a seasonable dose.
If, therefore, all the steps taken by the duke be considered, it will be seen that he laid solid foundations for his future power, and I do not consider it superfluous to discuss them, because I do not know what better precepts to give a new prince than the example of his actions; and if his dispositions were of no avail, that was not his fault, but the extraordinary and extreme malignity of fortune.
he said with a malignity that alarmed Princess Mary.
He had seen during the two preceding days too much fury and malignity in the eyes of old Gryphus to expect that his vigilance would relax, even for one moment.
She attended her sickbed; her watchful attentions triumphed over the malignity of the distemper--Elizabeth was saved, but the consequences of this imprudence were fatal to her preserver.
Bumble, stopping short, and darting at his little charge a look of intense malignity.