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Definition of "malign" []

  • To make evil, harmful, and often untrue statements about; speak evil of. (verb-transitive)
  • Evil in disposition, nature, or intent. (adjective)
  • Evil in influence; injurious. (adjective)
  • Having or showing malice or ill will; malevolent. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "malign" in a sentence
  • "Small border outposts along the Iranian border have allowed the military in recent years to collect valuable intelligence on what it calls malign Iranian influence."
  • "Sen. Obama countered that President Bush's style of diplomacy, fully embraced by Sen. McCain, allowed both Iran and North Korea, through years of what he described as malign neglect by the U.S., to become more armed and more dangerous."
  • "The Deified Thalygos Mundt came onscreen, his expression malign as always."