1. Having an evil disposition toward others; harboring violent enmity; malevolent; malicious; spiteful; -- opposed to benign.
Witchcraft may be by operation of malign spirits. --Bacon.
2. Unfavorable; unpropitious; pernicious; tending to injure; as, a malign aspect of planets.
3. Malignant; as, a malign ulcer. [R.]
Ma·lign, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Maligned p. pr. & vb. n. Maligning.] To treat with malice; to show hatred toward; to abuse; to wrong; to injure. [Obs.]
The people practice what mischiefs and villainies they will against private men, whom they malign by stealing their goods, or murdering them. --Spenser.
2. To speak great evil of; to traduce; to defame; to slander; to vilify; to asperse.
To be envied and shot at; to be maligned standing, and to be despised falling. --South.
Ma·lign, v. i. To entertain malice. [Obs.]
adj 1: evil or harmful in nature or influence; "prompted by malign
motives"; "believed in witches and malign spirits";
"gave him a malign look"; "a malign lesion" [ant: benign]
2: having or exerting a malignant influence; "malevolent
stars"; "a malefic force" [syn: malefic, malevolent, evil]
v : speak unfavorably about; "She badmouthes her husband
everywhere" [syn: badmouth, traduce, drag through