Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “malignant”

See all translations

malignant

adjective uk   /məˈlɪɡ.nənt/ us  

malignant adjective (DISEASE)

A malignant disease or growth is likely to get worse and lead to death: The process by which malignant cancer cells multiply isn't fully understood. Is the tumour malignant or benign?
Compare

malignant adjective (EVIL)

formal having a strong wish to do harm: He developed a malignant hatred for the land of his birth.
malignantly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Translations of “malignant”
in Korean 악성의…
in Arabic خَبيث (طبّي)…
in Portuguese maligno…
in Catalan maligne…
in Japanese 悪性の…
in Italian maligno…
in Chinese (Traditional) 疾病, (疾病或腫塊)惡性的,致命的…
in Russian злокачественный…
in Turkish habis, ölümcül, kötü…
in Chinese (Simplified) 疾病, (疾病或肿块)恶性的,致命的…
in Polish złośliwy…
(Definition of malignant from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of malignant?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “malignant” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

guru

a religious leader or teacher in the Hindu or Sikh religion

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More