• WordNet 3.6
    • adj malign having or exerting a malignant influence "malevolent stars","a malefic force"
    • adj malign evil or harmful in nature or influence "prompted by malign motives","believed in witches and malign spirits","gave him a malign look","a malign lesion"
    • v malign speak unfavorably about "She badmouths her husband everywhere"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • malign Having an evil disposition toward others; harboring violent enmity; malevolent; malicious; spiteful; -- opposed to benign. "Witchcraft may be by operation of malign spirits."
    • malign Malignant; as, a malign ulcer.
    • v. i Malign To entertain malice.
    • Malign To speak great evil of; to traduce; to defame; to slander; to vilify; to asperse.
    • v. t Malign To treat with malice; to show hatred toward; to abuse; to wrong; to injure. "The people practice what mischiefs and villainies they will against private men, whom they malign by stealing their goods, or murdering them."
    • malign Unfavorable; unpropitious; pernicious; tending to injure; as, a malign aspect of planets.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • malign Having a very evil disposition toward others; harboring violent hatred or enmity; malicious.
    • malign Unpropitious; pernicious; tending to injure; likely to do or cause great harm: as, the malign influence of a designing knave.
    • malign In astrology, having an evil influence.
    • malign Malignant.
    • malign Synonyms See list under malignant.
    • malign To treat with extreme enmity; injure maliciously.
    • malign To speak evil of; traduce; defame; vilify.
    • malign Synonyms Defame, Calumniate, etc. See asperse.
    • malign To entertain malice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Malign ma-līn′ of an evil disposition towards others: malicious: unfavourable
    • v.t Malign to speak evil of:
    • v.t Malign (obs.) to treat with malice
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  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    “Reviewers, with some rare exceptions, are a most stupid and malignant race. As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “A malignant sore throat is a danger, a malignant throat not sore is worse.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “The disease of jealously is so malignant that is converts all it takes into its own nourishment.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. malignus, for maligenus, i. e., of a bad kind or nature; malus, bad + the root of genus, birth, race, kind: cf. F. malin, masc., maligne, fem. See Malice Gender, and cf. Benign Malignant


In literature:

This region received shipload after shipload of the harrassed, down-trodden and maligned people.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
During the summer of 1793, a malignant fever, with slow but sure steps, invaded the city of Philadelphia.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
It is not malignant.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
But he knew that Braxton Wyatt was swelling with malignant triumph.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
A person can take the contagion from one who dies of malignant scarlet-fever and have it in the mildest form, and vice versa.
"Hydriatic treatment of Scarlet Fever in its Different Forms" by Charles Munde
Melissa went white at the malignity of his tone.
"A Tar-Heel Baron" by Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
And the doctor says madame is threatened with a malignant fever, and orders everybody out of the house.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
My Malignant Fate hath ever been against me.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 3 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
Both had maligned the rider.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
It hath very great force against malignant tumours that are venomous.
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
These lifeless weapons seemed to them animate creatures with malignant souls and limitless power.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
The fevers of that season were unusually rapid, malignant, and unmanageable.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
The ruffian, having accomplished his triumph, developed a new trait in the fiendish malignity of his nature.
"City Crimes" by Greenhorn
The growth may be benign or malignant; in the latter case I doubt whether the life of the patient is to be saved.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
And, as a conclusion to all, when that head of malignants, Charles II.
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
It may also be involved in tuberculous and in malignant disease of the middle ear.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Her face is before me now, scowling and malignant, while behind it, mournful and pitying, yet loving, is the pale sweet face of Inez.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
So did the malignant cheerfulness maintained by his wife.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
He had an air of being malignantly up to something and she could not imagine what this something could be.
"The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman" by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Nevertheless, these outbursts of irony and malignity were not very frequent.
"The Grandee" by Armando Palacio Valdés

In poetry:

In all men's hearts it is.
Some spirit old
Hath turned with malign kiss
Our lives to mould.
"On Receiving News of the War" by Isaac Rosenberg
Now blest be Providence divine,
Surpassing human skill!
That often takes from things malign,
The privilege of ill.
"The Serpents" by William Hayley
To our old haven we return;
By smoky hills as grey as mud
We see the sullen sunset burn
Malignant on a lake of blood.
"Transports" by John Le Gay Brereton
This gift they boasted with delight,
A gift to them confin'd;
Exemption from the viper's bite,
Of most malignant kind.
"The Serpents" by William Hayley
That beauty such as thine
Can die indeed,
Were ordinance too wantonly malign:
No wit may reconcile so cold a creed
With beauty such as thine.
"Beauty's Metempsychosis" by William Watson
Oh, sacred wood! Oh, rumor, that profound
Stirs from the sacred woodland's heart divine!
Oh, plenteous fountain in whose power is wound
And overcome our destiny malign!
"Portico" by Ruben Dario

In news:

Let us for a moment stop beating up on America's much-maligned big banks.
This theory is consistent with the origin of the malignancy from sites devoid of normal synovium , such as the retroperitoneum, pelvis, head and neck, mediastinum, and pleural cavity.
Maligned teaching method to get overhaul.
The Unlikely Rebirth of a Maligned Sub-Genre.
Malacoplakia of the vallecula masquerading as a malignancy.
The much-maligned avian visitors were spotted recently, and their annual winter roosting in the city is about to start.
Police Maligned Paradegoers on Facebook.
Throughout the years, I have been a champion for this often-maligned fuel metering device.
The follow up to the maligned King of Fighters XII features over 30 playable characters (including the return of fan favorites Mai Shiranui and Yuri Sakazaki) and beautiful high-definition, 2D sprites.
The much-maligned defense needed this.
Businesses are increasingly turning to a once-maligned industry.
A ustralian police are warning that Apple's much-maligned mapping application is stranding drivers headed to the southern city of Mildura in the middle of a remote state park.
Unfortunately, Apple's (AAPL) much-maligned mapping application thinks it is.
The much-maligned unit and constant focus of draftniks is playing very well through six games.
Jessica Chastain plays the CIA's "Maya" in Zero Dark Thirty, a film unfairly maligned as pro-torture.

In science:

Anderson Cancer Center for patients diagnosed with malignant melanoma.
Bayesian phase I/II adaptively randomized oncology trials with combined drugs
Degos L, Linch D, Lowenberg B. Textbook of malignant haematology, Taylor & Francis, 1999, 944 p. ISBN 9781853173226.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
Through comparing the execution results between the two groups of cores, all malignant transient faults can be caught.
RepTFD: Replay Based Transient Fault Detection
Since any transient fault can only affect one group of cores, through comparing the results of the corresponding instructions on the two groups, RepTFD can detect malignant transient faults with 100% coverage (here we say that a transient fault is malignant if it leads to an incorrect instruction result).
RepTFD: Replay Based Transient Fault Detection
Fault coverage: For parallel workloads, we propose the first core-level transient fault detection scheme with 100% coverage, i.e., any malignant transient fault that cause an error in the result of an instruction can be detected.
RepTFD: Replay Based Transient Fault Detection
Once there is a mismatch between the results of the first-run and the replay-run, a malignant transient fault is detected.
RepTFD: Replay Based Transient Fault Detection
Instead, the answer to some of the “deep questions” may require thinking outside the box, and may require invoking some often maligned ideas such as the anthropic principle and quantum cosmology.
Conference Summary
Hacke W., Schwab S., Horn M., Spranger M., De G. M. and von K. R. (1996) 'Malignant' middle cerebral artery territory infarction: clinical course and prognostic signs.
Post-ischaemic treatment with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor nimesulide reduces blood-brain barrier disruption and leukocyte infiltration following transient focal cerebral ischaemia in rats
De Georgia, R. von Kummer, The “malignant” middle cerebral artery territory infarction: clinical course and prognostic signs, Arch.
Effects of pyruvate administration on infarct volume and neurological deficits following permanent focal cerebral ischemia in rats
In the immune system, TLRs sense specific predefined chemicals, which are released by malignant organisms.
Artificial Immune Tissue using Self-Orgamizing Networks
Gene expression data We will consider gene expression data from the project “Molecular Mechanisms in Malignant Lymphomas Network” of the Deutsche Krebshilfe that we have analyzed in the Institute of Medical Informatics, Statistics and Epidemiology of the Leipzig University.
Exact Multivariate Tests - A New Effective Principle of Controlled Model Choice
Silencing of hyaluronan synthase 2 suppresses the malignant phenotype of invasive breast cancer cells.
Graphical-model Based Multiple Testing under Dependence, with Applications to Genome-wide Association Studies
There are still excesses, and even the much-maligned 1997 data do not exhibit any deficits.
Summary of DIS 98
Phil Fischer showed that variations in the Sloan survey PSF were not so malignant as to swamp the galaxy-galaxy lensing signal.
Gravitational Lensing: Recent Progress and Future Goals - Conference Summary
Molecular classification of cutaneous malignant melanoma by gene expression profiling.
Clustering Stability: An Overview