from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Showing great malevolence; disposed to do evil.
- adj. Highly injurious; pernicious.
- adj. Pathology Threatening to life; virulent: a malignant disease.
- adj. Pathology Tending to metastasize; cancerous. Used of a tumor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Harmful, malevolent, injurious.
- adj. Harmfully cancerous; as a malignant tumor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Disposed to do harm, inflict suffering, or cause distress; actuated by extreme malevolence or enmity; virulently inimical; bent on evil; malicious.
- adj. Characterized or caused by evil intentions; pernicious.
- adj. Tending to produce death; threatening a fatal issue; virulent.
- n. A man of extreme enmity or evil intentions.
- n. One of the adherents of Charles I. or Charles II.; -- so called by the opposite party.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Disposed to inflict suffering or cause distress; having extreme malevolence or enmity; virulently hostile; malicious: as, a malignant heart.
- Virulently harmful or mischievous; threatening great danger; pernicious in influence or effect.
- In astrology, threatening to fortune or life; fateful: as, the malignant aspect of the stars.
- In pathology, virulent; tending; to produce death; threatening a fatal issue: as, a malignant ulcer; a malignant fever; malignant pustule or scarlet fever.
- Extremely heinous: as, the malignant nature of sin.
- Synonyms Malevolent, bitter, rancorous, spiteful, malign. See animosity.
- n. A person of extreme enmity or evil intentions; an ill-affected person.
- n. Specifically, in English history, one of the adherents of Charles I. and his son Charles II. during the civil war; a Royalist; a Cavalier: so called by the Roundheads, the opposite party.
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- adj. dangerous to health; characterized by progressive and uncontrolled growth (especially of a tumor)
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