from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Intense ill will or hatred; great malice.
- n. An act or a feeling of great malice.
- n. The condition or quality of being highly dangerous or injurious; deadliness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The quality of being malign or malignant; badness, evilness, monstrosity, depravity, maliciousness.
- n. A non-benign cancer; a malignancy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state or quality of being malignant; disposition to do evil; virulent enmity; malignancy; malice; spite.
- n. Virulence; deadly quality.
- n. Extreme evilness of nature or influence; perniciousness; heinousness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character or state of being malign; extreme enmity or evil disposition toward another, proceeding from baseness of heart; malice or malevolence; deep-rooted spite.
- n. The quality of being malign or malignant; extreme evilness; heinousness; specifically, in pathology, virulence; malignancy.
- n. Synonyms Ill-will, Enmity (see animosity), maliciousness.
- n. Destructiveness, deadliness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. quality of being disposed to evil; intense ill will
- n. wishing evil to others
From the Latin roots mal- ("bad") and -nitor ("strive"). Translated from the Ancient Greek word κακοήθεια (kakoētheia, "bad character, mischievous"). (Wiktionary)