maligned

adjective

ma·​ligned mə-ˈlīnd How to pronounce maligned (audio)
: spoken about in an injurious way : harshly or unfairly criticized
Roma, the largest ethnic minority in Eastern Europe, are perhaps the region's most misunderstood, most persecuted, and maligned minority.Carol Silverman
… an aerospace giant that built space shuttles and the much maligned, hugely expensive B-1 long-range bomber.Time

Examples of maligned in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The series was adapted into a very maligned M. Night Shyamalan movie, a successful graphic novel, and had its own live-action remake on Netflix. Chris Murphy, Vulture, 25 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of maligned was in 1613

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“Maligned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maligned. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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