Dictionary: MA-LEN'GINE – MA-LIGN-LY

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MA-LEN'GINE, n. [Fr. malengin.]

Guile; deceit. [Not is use.] Spenser.

MAL'ET, n. [Fr. malete; See Mail.]

A little bag or budget; a portmanteau. [Not used.] Shelton.

MA-LEV'O-LENCE, n. [L. malevolentia; malum, evil, and volens, volo, to will.]

Ill will; personal hatred; evil disposition toward another; enmity of heart; inclination to injure others. It expresses less than malignity. Shak.


  1. Having an evil disposition toward another or others; wishing evil to others; ill disposed, or disposed to injure others. A malevolent heart rejoices in the misfortune of others.
  2. Unfavorable; unpropitious; bringing calamity.


With ill will or enmity; with the wish or desire to injure.


Malevolent. [Not in use.] Warburton.


Evil or wrong execution; bad administration. D. Webster.


Evil doing; wrong; illegal deed.

MAL-FORM-A'TION, n. [mal and formation.]

Ill or wrong formation; irregular or anomalous formation or structure of parts. Darwin.

MA'LIC, a. [L. malum, an apple.]

Pertaining to apples; drawn from the juice of apples; as, malic acid. Chimistry.


  1. Harboring ill will or enmity without provocation; malevolent in the extreme; malignant in heart. I grant him bloody, / Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin / That has a name. Shak.
  2. Proceeding from extreme hatred or ill will; dictated by malice; as, a malicious report.

MAL'ICE, n. [Fr.; It. malizia; Sp. malicia; L. malitia, from malus, evil; W. mall. See Malady.]

Extreme enmity of heart, or malevolence; a disposition to injure others without cause, from mere personal gratification or from a spirit of revenge; unprovoked malignity or spite. Nor set down aught in malice. Shak.


With malice; wih extreme enmity or ill will; with deliberate intention to injure. Swift.


The quality of being malicious; extreme enmity or disposition to injure; malignity. Herbert.

MA-LIGN, a. [mali'ne; Fr. maligne; L. malignus, from malus, evil. See Malady.]

  1. Having a very evil disposition toward others; harboring violent hatred or enmity; malicious; as, malign spirits. Milton.
  2. Unfavorable; pernicious; tending to injure; as, a malign aspect of planets. Milton.
  3. Malignant; pernicious; as, a malign ulcer. Bacon.

MA-LIGN, v.i.

To entertain malice. Milton.

MA-LIGN, v.t.

  1. To regard with envy or malice; to treat with extreme enmity; to injure maliciously. The people practice mischief against private men, whom they malign by stealing their goods and murdering them. Spenser.
  2. To traduce; to defame.

MA-LIG'NAN-CY, n. [See Malignant.]

  1. Extreme malevolence; bitter enmity; malice; as, malignancy of heart.
  2. Unfavorableness; unpropitiousness; as, the malignancy of the aspect of planets. The malignancy of my fate might distemper yours. Shak.
  3. Virulence; tendency to mortification or to a fatal issue; as, the malignancy of an ulcer or of a fever.

MA-LIG'NANT, a. [L. malignus, maligno, from malus, evil.]

  1. Malicious; having extreme malevolence or enmity; as, a malignant heart.
  2. Unpropitious; exerting pernicious influence; as, malignant stars. Shak.
  3. Virulent; as, a malignant ulcer.
  4. Dangerous to life; as, a malignant fever.
  5. Extremely hainous; as, the malignant nature of sin.


A man of extreme enmity or evil intentions. [Not used.] Hooker.


  1. Maliciously; with extreme malevolence.
  2. With pernicious influence.


Regarded with envy or malice; treated with extreme enmity; traduced; defamed.


One who regards or treats another with enmity; a traducer; a defamer. Swift.

MA-LIG'NI-TY, n. [L. malignitas.]

  1. Extreme enmity, or evil dispositions of heart toward another; malice without provocation, or malevolence with baseness of heart; deep rooted spite.
  2. Virulence; destructive tendency; as, the malignity of an ulcer or disease.
  3. Extreme evilness of nature; as, the malignity of fraud.
  4. Extreme sinfulness; enormity or hainousness; as, the malignity of sin.

MA-LIGN-LY, adv.

  1. With extreme ill will.
  2. Unpropitiously; perniciously.