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malign

verb [T often passive]     /məˈlaɪn/
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 .Damaging reputationDisapproving and criticizingDisapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation
(Definition of malign verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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