Definitions of malignant

  1. extremely malevolent or malicious; " the malignant tongues of gossipers"
  2. ( pathology) dangerous to health; characterized by progressive and uncontrolled growth ( especially of a tumor)
  3. dangerous to health; characterized by progressive and uncontrolled growth ( especially of a tumor)
  4. Disposed to do harm, inflict suffering, or cause distress; actuated by extreme malevolence or enmity; virulently inimical; bent on evil; malicious.
  5. Characterized or caused by evil intentions; pernicious.
  6. Tending to produce death; threatening a fatal issue; virulent; as, malignant diphtheria.
  7. A man of extrems enmity or evil intentions.
  8. One of the adherents of Charles L. or Charles LL.; - so called by the opposite party.
  9. Malicious; having extreme, active enmity toward any one; intending or bringing about evil; of disease, tending to produce death; virulent.
  10. Malignantly.
  11. Malign: acting maliciously: actuated by extreme enmity: tending to destroy life.
  12. ( Eng. Hist.) A name applied by the Puritan party to one who had fought for Charles I. in the Civil War.
  13. Malicious; bitterly hostile; dangerous to life.
  14. Extremely malevolent; virulent; deadly.
  15. One who has evil intentions.
  16. Having extreme malevolence; unpropitious or exerting pernicious influence; virulent; tending to a fatal issue; extremely heinous.
  17. One evilly- disposed, specially a name applied by the Puritans to a supporter of the royalist cause.
  18. Actuated by extreme enmity or malice; virulent; dangerous to life; extremely heinous.
  19. In Eng. hist., one of the adherents of the house of Stuart- so called by the opposite party.

Usage examples for malignant

  1. The old man moved away, noiseless, on feet of air- always turning backward that icy, malignant gaze- and the young man followed, staring fixedly, helplessly upon him, with the same dumb and frozen wrath upon his own countenance. – True and Other Stories by George Parsons Lathrop
  2. But all at once his muscles sprang tense and a malignant anger tightened his quivering features and turning upon Clarissa, he hissed: You did this. – The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton by Wardon Allan Curtis
  3. That the indulging of a warped and malignant spirit was the inspiration you had to appear to befriend me." – The Shame of Motley by Raphael Sabatini
  4. " Ah, yes," she said, and flashing a last malignant glance upon Hortensia, she sank to a chair beside her, but not too near her. – The Lion's Skin by Rafael Sabatini
  5. He sneaked into the drawing- room and after standing with a malignant expression, silently watching Owen and Easton, he came out again without having uttered a word. – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  6. A day at a short distance was fixed, and Father Alfonzo saw with malignant satisfaction the commencement of his long sought for triumph. – The Prime Minister by W.H.G. Kingston
  7. The laws of some States in relation to people of color are more wicked than others; and the spirit of persecution is not in every place equally active and malignant. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  8. It was evidently the work of an inferior artist, but his most malignant efforts had failed to disguise the beauty of the face. – Audrey Craven by May Sinclair
  9. Two days after his return, Nicholas came to him with the story of Joseph's disgrace and disaster; the tale over which the malignant city was now holding its sides with amusement. – The Genius by Margaret Horton Potter
  10. As noiselessly as he had come, he made his exit after one last malignant look at Dodge. – The Exploits of Elaine by Arthur B. Reeve
  11. There were two things on it that looked like eyes, and I had a feeling as though some malignant thing was staring at me. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930 by Various
  12. This interest was not deliberately sinister or malignant. – On Compromise by John Morley
  13. He seemed to be a most malignant spirit. – The Mandarin's Fan by Fergus Hume
  14. He was not malignant enough. – Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing
  15. As on the face of it this epistle appeared to have been written some years before I knew Mr. Cobbett, I felt no anger or resentment against him; although it certainly showed that he possessed a bad heart, to be capable of writing such gross and palpable falsehoods and malignant calumny against a man whom he knew only by report; which man, report must at the same time have convinced him, was a zealous and persevering friend of Liberty. – Memoirs of Henry Hunt, Esq. Volume 3 by Henry Hunt
  16. I have nothing to say except that the article in the Star was false and malignant." – Victor Ollnee's Discipline by Hamlin Garland
  17. He had three sons, of whom the youngest, Gamelyn, was born in his father's old age, and was greatly beloved by the old man; the other two were much older than he, and John, the eldest, had already developed a vicious and malignant character. – Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
  18. Took part in Denonville's campaign of 1687; left at Niagara with a hundred men to rebuild the fort erected by La Salle nine years before, and died there of some malignant disease. – The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History by Various