a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.
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).
"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.