malign
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English maligne, from Anglo-French, from Latin malignus, from male badly + gignere to beget — more at mal-, kin Date: 14th century 1. a. evil in nature, influence, or effect ; injurious <
the malign effects of illicit drugs
>
b. malignant, virulent 2. having or showing intense often vicious ill will ; malevolent Synonyms: see sinistermalignly adverb II. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French maligner to act maliciously, from Late Latin malignari, from Latin malignus Date: 15th century to utter injuriously misleading or false reports about ; speak evil of Synonyms: malign, traduce, asperse, vilify, calumniate, defame, slander mean to injure by speaking ill of. malign suggests specific and often subtle misrepresentation but may not always imply deliberate lying <
the most maligned monarch in British history
>
. traduce stresses the resulting ignominy and distress to the victim <
so traduced the governor that he was driven from office
>
. asperse implies continued attack on a reputation often by indirect or insinuated detraction <
both candidates aspersed the other's motives
>
. vilify implies attempting to destroy a reputation by open and direct abuse <
no criminal was more vilified in the press
>
. calumniate imputes malice to the speaker and falsity to the assertions <
falsely calumniated as a traitor
>
. defame stresses the actual loss of or injury to one's good name <
sued them for defaming her reputation
>
. slander stresses the suffering of the victim <
town gossips slandered their good name
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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