One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he accused them of maligning an innocent man’
defame, slander, libel, blacken someone's character, blacken someone's name, smear, run a smear campaign against, vilify, speak ill of, spread lies about, accuse falsely, cast aspersions on, run down, misrepresent, calumniate, traduce, denigrate, disparage, slur, derogate, abuse, revile
informal bad-mouth, knock, drag through the mire, drag through the mud, fling mud at, sling mud at, throw mud at, do a hatchet job on
British informal rubbish, slag off
rare asperse, vilipend
1‘a malign influence’
harmful, evil, bad, baleful, hostile, inimical, destructive, malevolent, evil-intentioned, malignant, injurious, spiteful, malicious, vicious
literary malefic, maleficent
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