evil or harmful in nature or influence
"prompted by malign motives"; "believed in witches and malign spirits"; "gave him a malign look"; "a malign lesion"
malefic, malevolent, malign, evil(verb)
having or exerting a malignant influence
"malevolent stars"; "a malefic force"
badmouth, malign, traduce, drag through the mud(verb)
speak unfavorably about
"She badmouths her husband everywhere"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Abuse covers all unreasonable or improper use or treatment by word or act. A tenant does not abuse rented property by "reasonable wear," though that may damage the property and injure its sale; he may abuse it by needless defacement or neglect. It is possible to abuse a man without harming him, as when the criminal vituperates the judge; or to harm a man without abusing him, as when the witness tells the truth about the criminal. Defame, malign, rail at, revile, slander, vilify, and vituperate are used always in a bad sense. One may be justly reproached. To impose on or to victimize one is to injure him by abusing his confidence. To persecute one is to ill-treat him for opinion's sake, commonly for religious belief; to oppress is generally for political or pecuniary motives. "Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy," Deut. xxiv, 14. Misemploy, misuse, and pervert are commonly applied to objects rather than to persons. A dissolute youth misemploys his time, misuses his money and opportunities, harms his associates, perverts his talents, wrongs his parents, ruins himself, abuses every good gift of God.
abuse, aggrieve, damage, defame, defile, disparage, harm, ill-treat, ill-use, impose on, impose upon, injure, maltreat, misemploy, misuse, molest, oppress, persecute, pervert, prostitute, rail at, ravish, reproach, revile, ruin, slander, victimize, vilify, violate, vituperate, wrong
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How to use malign in a sentence?
Once he is a prisoner he is absolutely your responsibility, even if there was no malign intent, even if there was no assault, he's your prisoner. He goes into the wagon alive, he can't come out dead.
If the Iranians are really willing to come and talk about all of their malign behavior in the region and around the world, I think they'd find the President willing to do it.
I think they understand who the malign actor is here and I think they'll see all the countries in the region, including the United States, as truly trying to help them.
What we decided ... was that we were going to set up a G7 group that would look at Russian malign behavior in all its manifestations - whether it's cyber warfare, whether it's disinformation, assassination attempts, whatever it happens to be, and collectively try to call it out.
I told Admiral Jackson just a little while ago, what do you need this for ? this is a vicious group of people, they malign... what do you need it for ?
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- böse, unheilvoll, übelwollendGerman
- pahanlaatuinen, pahantahtoinen, pahaFinnish
- hung tinhVietnamese
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