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malignity

[muh-lig-ni-tee] /məˈlɪg nɪ ti/
noun, plural malignities for 2.
1.
the state or character of being malign; malevolence; intense ill will; spite.
2.
a malignant feeling, action, etc.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English malignitee < Latin malignitās. See malign, -ity
Related forms
nonmalignity, noun
Synonyms
1. See malevolence.
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Examples for malignity
  • Copperheads strike at it with all their natural malignity.
  • To raise the future inevitably provokes the malignity of the past.
  • Failing to trap him only added to the malignity of his enemies.
  • To support them is our primary duty-to attempt their destruction is an offence of deep malignity.
British Dictionary definitions for malignity

malignity

/məˈlɪɡnɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the condition or quality of being malign, malevolent, or deadly
2.
(often pl) a malign or malicious act or feeling
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Word Origin and History for malignity
n.

late 14c., from Old French maligneté, from Latin malignitas "ill-will, spite," from malignus (see malign (adj.)).

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