Definitions

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  • n. Someone who maligns

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who maligns.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who maligns or speaks malignantly of another; a traducer; a defamer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libel

Etymologies

malign +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But it's really my maligner who's a bit creepy and laughable for carrying on as if he's more fair-minded than due process advocates who see right through him.

    Jeff Norman: Polanski: To Hate or Not to Hate

  • Unlike what went down on your moody My December (that now deserves a revisit and a personal apology from each maligner), your energy level is spiking again, and you prove Simon Cowell correct when he once stated on Good Morning America that your pipes were better than your fellow Idolsters "by a mile" (okay, that was years ago, but still ...).

    Mike Ragogna: HuffPost Reviews: Kelly Clarkson All I Ever Wanted / Gin Blossoms Playlist Your Way

  • So now in the interests of family unity, the very mother who was maligned wants me to apologize for barking at her maligner.

    International Anne Johnson Day

  • And I ` ve been called -- since Imus, I ` ve been called the chief maligner -- I think it ` s the chief maligner of Mohammed and Islam.

    CNN Transcript May 14, 2007

  • She had been called by every foul name which applied to the spy and the maligner; she could not bear it.

    The Evil Guest

  • Shields flew to the editor to demand the name of the maligner, as he called the correspondent, or the editor must meet him with dueling weapon -- or his horsewhip.

    The Lincoln Story Book

  • Lorrimer discovered that the maligner of his city was a Bostonian, and a stormy debate ensued.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 32, June, 1860

  • Although this portion of the romance is only a distant analogue of out story, inasmuch as it lacks both the wager and the clever trick of the wife to get her maligner to convict himself, I give it, because this same combination of the "chastity-wager" motive with the

    Filipino Popular Tales

  • Two important treatments of the story in dramatic form are sixteenth-century Spanish, L.pe de Rueda's "Eufemia," where the heroine tricks her maligner by accusing him of having spent many nights with her and of finally having stolen a jewel from under her bed; he denies all knowledge of her (cf.J. L. Klein, Geschichte des Dramas, 9 [1872]: 144-156); and English, Shakespeare's "Cymbeline."

    Filipino Popular Tales

  • She proves her innocence by going before the king and swearing that her maligner has stolen one of her golden slippers.

    Filipino Popular Tales

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