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malign

verb

1 malign

Speak unfavorably about.

synonyms: badmouth, drag through the mud, traduce.

Roget 934: detract, derogate, decry, deprecate, depreciate, disparage; run down, cry down; backcap [U.S.]; belittle; sneer at etc. (contempt) 930; ... show more

Roget 907: be malevolent etc. adj.; bear spleen, harbor spleen, bear a grudge, harbor a grudge, bear malice; betray the cloven foot, show the cloven foot.    hurt etc. (physical pain) 378; ... show more

Roget 716: attack, assault, assail; invade; set upon, fall upon; charge, impugn, break a lance with, enter the lists.    assume the offensive, take the offensive; be the aggressor, become the aggressor; ... show more

Dutch: kwaadspreken, lasteren



adjective

1 malign

Evil or harmful in nature or influence.

2 malign

Having or exerting a malignant influence.

synonyms: evil, malefic, malevolent.

Roget 649: hurtful, harmful, scathful, baneful, baleful; injurious, deleterious, detrimental, noxious, pernicious, mischievous, full of mischief, mischief-making, malefic, ... show more

Roget 907: malevolent, unbenevolent; unbenign; ill-disposed, ill-intentioned, ill-natured, ill-conditioned, ill-contrived; evil-minded, evil-disposed; black-browed.    malicious; malign, ... show more


Moby thesaurus: antagonistic, antipathetic, asperse, atrocious, backbite, bad-mouth, baleful, baneful, barbaric, barbarous, befoul, besmirch, bespatter, bestial, bitchy, blacken, bloody, blow upon, brutal, brutish ... show more.

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