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malign

ma·lign

malign

 
pronunciation:
m laIn
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part of speech: verb
inflections: maligned, maligning, maligns
definition: to speak badly of or tell harmful lies about.
Some students maligned the speaker because they didn't like his ideas.
synonyms:
slander, smear
antonyms:
compliment, praise
similar words:
abuse, blacken, run down, soil, tarnish
derivations: malignly (adv.), maligner (n.)