malignity

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noun ma·lig·ni·ty \ mə-ˈlig-nə-tē \

Definition of malignity

2 :an instance of malignant or malicious behavior or nature

Examples of malignity in a Sentence

  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

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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