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
Small border outposts along the Iranian border have allowed the military in recent years to collect valuable intelligence on what it calls malign Iranian influence.
Sen. Obama countered that President Bush's style of diplomacy, fully embraced by Sen. McCain, allowed both Iran and North Korea, through years of what he described as malign neglect by the U.S., to become more armed and more dangerous.
The Deified Thalygos Mundt came onscreen, his expression malign as always.
But until a special task force assembled by Gen. David Petraeus began its investigation last year, the coalition had little visibility into the connections many Afghan companies and their vast network of subcontractors had with insurgents and criminals - groups military officials call "malign actors."
I had my own concerns: If he took the antiwar route, I knew I would have been characterized as a malign force moving him to the left -- which wasn't true, although I wish it had been given that I now regard the Iraq invasion as one of the great mistakes in the history of U.S. foreign policy.
The long term malign effect of this is that when oil runs out, we will face disaster – massive loss of life — because we will not have the time to develop the replacement technology that was within our ability.
* A national disaster is turning into a humanitarian catastrophe of genuine epic proportions, in significant part because of what I would describe as the malign neglect of the socialist regime.
And while I will not dispute their use of the term when they are merely alluding to her somewhat contrary nature, I do take issue with them when they use the word to malign what she believes is her calling.
This latter category of tactics, which we earlier dubbed malign persuasion, more frequently fails the tests of ethical appropriateness that we suggest.
He traced it back to Blent, to that influence which he had almost brought himself to call malign because it seemed in some subtle way enervating, a thing that sought to clog his steps and hung about those feet which had need to be so alert and nimble.