Definition of malign verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

malign

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//məˈlaɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈlaɪn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they malign
BrE BrE//məˈlaɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈlaɪn//
 
he / she / it maligns
BrE BrE//məˈlaɪnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈlaɪnz//
 
past simple maligned
BrE BrE//məˈlaɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈlaɪnd//
 
past participle maligned
BrE BrE//məˈlaɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈlaɪnd//
 
-ing form maligning
BrE BrE//məˈlaɪnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈlaɪnɪŋ//
 
 
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malign somebody/something (formal) to say bad things about somebody/something publicly synonym slander She feels she has been much maligned by the press. Those who malign him in this way are simply being dishonest. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet. Word Origin Middle English: via Old French maligne (adjective), malignier (verb), based on Latin malignus ‘tending to evil’, from malus ‘bad’.
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