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malign

ma·lign

malign

 
pronunciation:
m laIn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, adjective
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: maligned, maligning, maligns
definition: to speak badly of; defame; slander.
The politician complained that she had been maligned by the press.Some parents maligned the teacher and tried to get him fired.
synonyms:
calumniate, defame, denigrate, libel, slander, smear, smirch, traduce, vilify
antonyms:
compliment, laud, praise
similar words:
abuse, anathematize, besmirch, blacken, deprecate, discredit, disparage, impugn, revile, run down, soil, stigmatize, sully, tarnish, wrong
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: evil in intent, effect, or character.
The letters were obviously sent with malign intent.
synonyms:
baleful, baneful, evil, injurious, malefic, maleficent, malevolent, pernicious, sinister, spiteful, venomous, virulent, wicked
antonyms:
benevolent, benign, kind
similar words:
bad, black-hearted, harmful, malicious, ominous, vicious
derivations: malignly (adv.), maligner (n.)