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  1. Evil or malignant in disposition, nature, intent or influence.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      Witchcraft may be by operation of malign spirits.
  2. Malevolent.
    • 1891, Ambrose Bierce, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
      He was sure they [the stars] were arranged in some order which had a secret and malign significance.
  3. (oncology) Malignant.
    a malign ulcer
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malign (maligns, present participle maligning; past and past participle maligned)

  1. (transitive) To make defamatory statements about; to slander or traduce.
    • To be envied and shot at; to be maligned standing, and to be despised falling.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To treat with malice; to show hatred toward; to abuse; to wrong.
    • The people practice what mischiefs and villainies they will against private men, whom they malign by stealing their goods, or murdering them.
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