Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a malign manner; with extreme ill-will; unpropitiously; perniciously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a malign manner; with malignity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a malign manner.

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

  • adverb in a malign and evil manner

Etymologies

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malign +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Once upon a time years ago I met a woman this mean, meaner than I knew a human being could be, and she hovered in my mind malignly.

    Ingrid Hill - An interview with author

  • ‘Left wing’ (again, to me) means the subjugation of the individual by the state, or an attempt by the state to run our lives and produce certain outcomes for us (whether benignly or malignly).

    ACPO blames front-line cops for doing their job SHOCK! « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Which of these methods does more lasting harm, the malignly blunt or the well-meaningly insidious?

    'Rhymes With Fagin'

  • Contrary to the image assiduously and malignly created for her, she was kind, decent, hard-working and, above all, brilliant at what she did.

    Tony Blair admits error of judgment over Carole Caplin

  • It is clear that the U.S. government behaved far more malignly and recklessly than most Americans ever suspected.

    America's Nuclear Secrets

  • When she gives Harry detention, she makes him write "I will not tell lies" with a malignly enchanted quill pen that causes the words to be cut into the back of his hand.

    Something About Harry

  •         Blindly to doat poor love's folly, malignly to will.

    Poems and Fragments

  • He could see nothing in the darkness, but he distinctly felt a presence -- an invisible, intangible intelligence which hovered malignly near him.

    Wings in the Night

  •         Blindly to doat poor love's folly, malignly to will.

    Poems and Fragments

  • Occasionally, something representational and recognizable would stream by, trees, mountains, stars, tiny alien faces that would seem to stare malignly at Ramon out of the feverdream chaos as they swept down to be swallowed by the floor.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

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