- a) The quality of being malign or malignant; badness, evilness, monstrosity, depravity, maliciousness.
His enjoyment of the spectacle I furnished, as he sat with his arms folded on the table, shaking his head at me and hugging himself, had a malignity in it that made me tremble.
The absence of any histological sign of malignity in the primary tumor and in the metastases, as observed in our patient, is remarkable.
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Malignity — Ma*lig ni*ty, n. [F. malignit[ e], L. malignitas.] 1. The state or quality of being malignant; disposition to do evil; virulent enmity; malignancy; malice; spite. [1913 Webster] 2. Virulence; deadly quality. [1913 Webster] His physicians… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
malignity — index bad repute, cruelty, fatality, harm, malice, mischief, rancor, resentment, spite … Law dictionary
malignity — late 14c., from O.Fr. maligneté, from L. malignitas ill will, spite, from malignus (see MALIGN (Cf. malign) (adj.)) … Etymology dictionary
malignity — malignancy, *malice, ill will, malevolence, spite, despite, spleen, grudge Analogous words: rancor, animus, animosity, *enmity, hostility: malignancy, maliciousness, spitefulness (see corresponding adjectives at MALICIOUS): hatred, *hate:… … New Dictionary of Synonyms
malignity — [mə lig′nə tē] n. [ME malignitee < OFr malignité < L malignitas: see MALIGN] 1. persistent, intense ill will or desire to harm others; great malice 2. the quality of being very harmful or dangerous; malignancy 3. pl. malignities a malignant … English World dictionary
malignity — malign ► ADJECTIVE ▪ harmful or evil. ► VERB ▪ speak ill of. DERIVATIVES malignity noun malignly adverb. ORIGIN Latin malignus tending to evil … English terms dictionary
malignity — noun Date: 14th century 1. malignancy, malevolence 2. an instance of malignant or malicious behavior or nature Synonyms: see malice … New Collegiate Dictionary
malignity — /meuh lig ni tee/, n., pl. malignities for 2. 1. the state or character of being malign; malevolence; intense ill will; spite. 2. a malignant feeling, action, etc. [1350 1400; ME malignitee < L malignitas. See MALIGN, ITY] Syn. 1. See malevolence … Universalium
malignity — I (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Fatality] Syn. deadliness, virulence, noxiousness; see fatality . 2. [Hostility] Syn. hostility, envy, spite; see hate , hatred 1 , 2 , malice , resentment . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A desire to harm others or to see… … English dictionary for students
malignity — ma ligÂ·niÂ·ty || mÉ™ lÉªgnÉ™tÉª n. wickedness, malice, desire to inflict harm or evil on another … English contemporary dictionary