Definition of malignance in US English:



  • The quality of being malign.

    ‘a spirit of pure, unadulterated malignance towards the world’
    • ‘Three-dimensional data can be used to spot and investigate the malignance of tumors.’
    • ‘Surely beneficence and malignance are both at play in the contemporary world, at every level.’
    • ‘It is very inspiring - a desire for ecological change with no ego or malignance and no messianic tendencies.’
    • ‘Mattie, with an expression of deep malignance, departed.’
    • ‘Their society has been infected by a pathogenic cuteness of such malignance as to put at risk all that is truly beautiful.’
    malice, spite, spitefulness, hostility, hatred, hate, ill will, bitterness, enmity, ill feeling, balefulness, venom, rancour, maliciousness, malignity, ill nature, vindictiveness, viciousness, revengefulness, vengefulness, cruelty, nastiness, unfriendliness
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