malign

[muh-lahyn]
verb (used with object)
1.
to speak harmful untruths about; speak evil of; slander; defame: to malign an honorable man.
adjective
2.
evil in effect; pernicious; baleful; injurious: The gloomy house had a malign influence upon her usually good mood.
3.
having or showing an evil disposition; malevolent; malicious.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English maligne < Middle French < Latin malignus. See mal-, benign

maligner, noun
malignly, adverb
unmaligned, adjective


1. libel, calumniate; disparage; revile, abuse, vilify. 2. baneful.


1. praise.
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malign (məˈlaɪn)
 
adj
1.  evil in influence, intention, or effect
 
vb
2.  (tr) to slander or defame
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin malīgnus spiteful, from malus evil]
 
ma'ligner
 
n
 
ma'lignly
 
adv

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malign
early 14c., from O.Fr. malign "having an evil nature," from L. malignus "wicked, bad-natured," from male "badly" + -gnus "born," from gignere "to bear, beget," from PIE base *gn- "to bear" (see genus).

malign
"to slander," 1640s, from earlier more literal sense of "to plot, to contrive" (early 15c.), from O.Fr. malignier, from L. malignare "to do maliciously," from malignus (see malign (adj.)). Related: Maligned; maligning.
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Example sentences
What should be a source of novelty and delight can fall prey to the malign
  effects of boredom and routine.
Their malign neglect has been with purpose.
The Maldives is in a position to realize better than most the malign power of
  global warming.
That has made it harder to sort malign from benign business practices.
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