Definition Of malign


evil in nature or effect; malevolent.

she had a strong and malign influence

speak about (someone) in a spitefully critical manner.

don't you dare malign her in my presence

Example Of malign

  • A misguided strategy, but not, I think, a malign one.

  • After hours spent quelling the fire with cold water, ‘he succumbed to a fever so malign that in just a few days he expired in the icy embrace of death.’

  • And we can't really know how far his malign influence has spread.

  • But it was no match for the malign tumor, first detected just last spring, his colleagues said.

  • But what of the few, the very few, who are not allowed to watch TV, whose elders have decided that it is a malign influence?

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