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malignity

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noun ma·lig·ni·ty \mə-ˈlig-nə-tē\

Definition of malignity

  1. 1 :  malignancy, malevolence

  2. 2 :  an instance of malignant or malicious behavior or nature



Examples of malignity

  1. <one of the characters in the novel is a slave driver of such malignity that he came to be one of the most famous villains in all of literature>



14th Century

First Known Use of malignity

14th century

Synonym Discussion of malignity

malice, malevolence, ill will, spite, malignity, spleen, grudge mean the desire to see another experience pain, injury, or distress. malice implies a deep-seated often unexplainable desire to see another suffer <felt no malice toward their former enemies>. malevolence suggests a bitter persistent hatred that is likely to be expressed in malicious conduct <a look of dark malevolence>. ill will implies a feeling of antipathy of limited duration <ill will provoked by a careless remark>. spite implies petty feelings of envy and resentment that are often expressed in small harassments <petty insults inspired by spite>. malignity implies deep passion and relentlessness <a life consumed by motiveless malignity>. spleen suggests the wrathful release of latent spite or persistent malice <venting his spleen against politicians>. grudge implies a harbored feeling of resentment or ill will that seeks satisfaction <never one to harbor a grudge>.

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