Meaning of “malign” in the English Dictionary

"malign" in British English

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uk /məˈlaɪn/ us /məˈlaɪn/ formal

causing or intending to cause harm or evil:

Foreign domination had a malign influence on local politics.
She describes pornography as "a malign industry".
noun [ U ] uk /məˈlɪɡ.nə.ti/ us /məˈlɪɡ.nə.t̬i/

malignverb [ T often passive ]

uk /məˈlaɪn/ us /məˈlaɪn/

(Definition of “malign” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"malign" in American English

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malignverb [ T ]

us /məˈlɑɪn/

to say things about someone or something that are harmful and usually not true:

He said he had been unfairly maligned by a few board members who wanted him fired.

(Definition of “malign” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)