malignance

noun

ma·​lig·​nance mə-ˈlig-nən(t)s How to pronounce malignance (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This is a movement that many progressives view as promising to reinvigorate hearts and minds, but that others warn may deliver different doses of theological malignance. Audrey Clare Farley, The New Republic, 3 Jan. 2022 Where purity culture twists normal desires into malignance? Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2021 By definition Mishler’s content attracts people seeking refuge, but the exceptional malignance of 2020 has colored both her videos and the attitude of her fan base. New York Times, 25 Nov. 2020 Consequently, the growth disruption itself has exacerbated the cultural and economic malignance that helped create the underperforming trend in the first place. David L. Bahnsen, National Review, 13 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1604, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of malignance was circa 1604

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Cite this Entry

“Malignance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malignance. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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