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malign

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmalignma‧lign1 /mΙ™ΛˆlaΙͺn/ verb [transitive] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š UNTRUEto say unpleasant things about someone that are untrue syn slander πŸ”Š She had seen herself repeatedly maligned in the newspapers. πŸ”Š a much maligned politician Grammar Malign is usually passive.β†’ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
malignβ€’ But Turabi says his country is being maligned.β€’ Public relations is much maligned about its influence on the media.β€’ Schools have been maligned by politicians and newspapers.β€’ They had gotten along well together until his parents came into the vicinity and began to malign his wife.β€’ He had allowed himself to be maligned in the press to protect the political people.β€’ I wish to malign no one.β€’ But I could be maligning the lad.much malignedβ€’ A very scholarly and erudite work, widely acclaimed at the time but since much maligned.β€’ Public relations is much maligned about its influence on the media.β€’ What's more, Tony Boyle, much maligned after his two abortive outings against the Dubs, scored four points.β€’ The Radio 1 playlist is much maligned, but it is as honest and fair as any system.β€’ Whether the result is really much better than our much maligned regional courses is hard to say.
malignmalign2 adjective formal πŸ”Š πŸ”Š HARM/BE BAD FORharmful opp benign πŸ”Š a malign influence
Examples from the Corpus
malignβ€’ Those on the rung just below are often rendered as ridiculous rather than evil, as inept or boorish rather than malign.β€’ That was the malign beauty of it all, which I spent seven grudging years admiring.β€’ A malign child of the Cold War who had once been the uncrowned underworld king of Berlin.β€’ The malign effects suffered by inbred animals show how evolution can exploit hidden diversity.β€’ They presume that changing values are declining values and seek some malign influence to blame.β€’ Clinton's deviousness evoked a fury among Republicans, and contributed to the malign partisanship of the capital.β€’ malign spirits
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Verb table
malign
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theymalign
he, she, itmaligns
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theymaligned
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave maligned
he, she, ithas maligned
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad maligned
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill malign
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have maligned
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam maligning
he, she, itis maligning
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you, we, theyare maligning
Past
I, he, she, itwas maligning
you, we, theywere maligning
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been maligning
he, she, ithas been maligning
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been maligning
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be maligning
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been maligning
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