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malign

adjective uk   /məˈlaɪn/ formal us  
causing or intending to cause harm or evil: Foreign domination had a malign influence on local politics. She describes pornography as "a malign industry".
Synonym
malignity
noun [U] uk   /məˈlɪɡ.nə.ti/ us    /-t̬i/

malign

verb [T often passive] uk   /məˈlaɪn/ us  
to say false and unpleasant things about someone, or to criticize someone unfairly: She has recently been maligned in the gossip columns of several newspapers. Much-maligned for their derivative style, the band are nevertheless enduringly popular.
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