AskDefine | Define malign

Dictionary Definition

malign 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 the mud]

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  • /məˈlaɪn/
  • /m@"laIn/


  1. evil or malignant in disposition, nature, intent or influence.
  2. malevolent.


* German: unheilvoll* German: böse, übelwollend


  1. To make false defamatory statements about someone.

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Extensive Definition

Malignant (from the Latin roots mal- = "bad" and -genus = "born") is a medical term used to describe a severe and progressively worsening disease. The term is most familiar as a description of cancer. A malignant tumor may be contrasted with a non-cancerous benign tumor in that a malignancy is not self-limited in its growth, is capable of invading into adjacent tissues, and may be capable of spreading to distant tissues (metastasizing), while a benign tumor has none of those properties. Uses of "malignant" in oncology:
malign in Danish: Malign
malign in German: Malignität
malign in Japanese: 悪性 (医学)
malign in Slovenian: Malignost
malign in Serbian: Малигни
malign in Swedish: Malign
malign in Polish: Nowotwór złośliwy

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