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malign (adj.)

early 14c., of things or behaviors, "wicked, sinful;" mid-15c., of persons, "having an evil disposition toward others, harboring violent hatred," from Old French maligne "having an evil nature," from Latin malignus "wicked, bad-natured," from male "badly" (see mal-) + -gnus "born," from gignere "to bear, beget," from PIE root *gene- "give birth, beget."

malign (v.)

"to slander, speak evil of, defame," mid-15c., malignen (originally with against), from Old French malignier "to plot, deceive, pervert" and directly from Late Latin malignare "to do maliciously," from malignus "wicked, bad-natured, mean, unkind" (see malign (adj.)). Related: Maligned; maligning.

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Definitions of malign
1
malign (adj.)
evil or harmful in nature or influence;
believed in witches and malign spirits
a malign lesion
prompted by malign motives
gave him a malign look
malign (adj.)
having or exerting a malignant influence;
Synonyms: malefic / malevolent / evil
2
malign (v.)
speak unfavorably about;
Synonyms: badmouth / traduce / drag through the mud
From wordnet.princeton.edu