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


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From the Latin roots mal- ("bad") and -nitor ("strive"). Translated from the Ancient Greek word κακοήθεια (kakoētheia, "bad character, mischievous").



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