Malignity Ma*lig"ni*ty, n. [F. malignit['e], L. malignitas.] 1. The state or quality of being malignant; disposition to do evil; virulent enmity; malignancy; malice; spite. [1913 Webster]

2. Virulence; deadly quality. [1913 Webster]

His physicians discerned an invincible malignity in his disease. --Hayward. [1913 Webster]

3. Extreme evilness of nature or influence; perniciousness; heinousness; as, the malignity of fraud. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Malice}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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