from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make evil, harmful, and often untrue statements about; speak evil of.
- adj. Evil in disposition, nature, or intent.
- adj. Evil in influence; injurious.
- adj. Having or showing malice or ill will; malevolent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. evil or malignant in disposition, nature, intent or influence.
- adj. malevolent.
- v. To make defamatory statements about someone or something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having an evil disposition toward others; harboring violent enmity; malevolent; malicious; spiteful; -- opposed to
- adj. Unfavorable; unpropitious; pernicious; tending to injure.
- adj. Malignant.
- transitive v. To treat with malice; to show hatred toward; to abuse; to wrong; to injure.
- transitive v. To speak great evil of; to traduce; to defame; to slander; to vilify; to asperse.
- intransitive v. To entertain malice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a very evil disposition toward others; harboring violent hatred or enmity; malicious.
- Unpropitious; pernicious; tending to injure; likely to do or cause great harm: as, the malign influence of a designing knave.
- In astrology, having an evil influence.
- Synonyms See list under malignant.
- To treat with extreme enmity; injure maliciously.
- To speak evil of; traduce; defame; vilify.
- Synonyms Defame, Calumniate, etc. See asperse.
- To entertain malice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having or exerting a malignant influence
- adj. evil or harmful in nature or influence
- v. speak unfavorably about
Middle English malignen, to attack, from Old French malignier, from Late Latin malignārī, from Latin malignus, malign; see genə- in Indo-European roots. Adj., from Middle English, from Old French, from Latin malignus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via French from Latin malignus, from malus (bad) + genus (sort, kind). Compare benign. (Wiktionary)