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malignant    : [məl'ɪgnənt]
Invasive \In*va"sive\, a. [LL. invasivus: cf. F. invasif. See
{Invade}.]
1. Tending to invade; characterized by invasion; aggressive.
"Invasive war." --Hoole.
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2. (Med.) tending to spread, especially tending to intrude
into healthy tissue; -- used mostly of tumors. [Narrower
terms: {malignant}] PJC]


malignant \ma*lig"nant\, a. [L. malignans, -antis, p. pr. of
malignare, malignari, to do or make maliciously. See
{Malign}, and cf. {Benignant}.]
1. Disposed to do harm, inflict suffering, or cause distress;
actuated by extreme malevolence or enmity; virulently
inimical; bent on evil; malicious.
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A malignant and a turbaned Turk. --Shak.
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2. Characterized or caused by evil intentions; pernicious.
"Malignant care." --Macaulay.
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Some malignant power upon my life. --Shak.
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Something deleterious and malignant as his touch.
--Hawthorne.
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3. (Med.) Tending to produce death; threatening a fatal
issue; virulent; as, malignant diphtheria.
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{Malignant pustule} (Med.), a very contagious disease
produced by infection of subcutaneous tissues with the
bacterium {Bacillus anthracis}. It is transmitted to man
from animals and is characterized by the formation, at the
point of reception of the infection, of a vesicle or
pustule which first enlarges and then breaks down into an
unhealthy ulcer. It is marked by profound exhaustion and
often fatal. The disease in animals is called {charbon};
in man it is called {cutaneous anthrax}, and formerly was
sometimes called simply {anthrax}.
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Malignant \Ma*lig"nant\, n.
1. A man of extreme enmity or evil intentions. --Hooker.
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2. (Eng. Hist.) One of the adherents of Charles I. or Charles
II.; -- so called by the opposite party.
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malignant
adj 1: dangerous to health; characterized by progressive and
uncontrolled growth (especially of a tumor) [ant:
{benign}]

157 Moby Thesaurus words for "malignant":
acrid, allergic, anemic, antagonistic, antipathetic, apoplectic,
arthritic, atrocious, baleful, baneful, barbaric, barbarous,
belligerent, bestial, bilious, bitchy, bitter, bloody, brutal,
brutish, cancerous, catching, caustic, chlorotic, clashing,
colicky, colliding, communicable, conflicting, consumptive,
contagious, corroding, corrosive, corrupting, corruptive,
counterproductive, cussed, damaging, deadly, death-bringing,
deathful, deathly, deleterious, despiteful, destructive,
detrimental, devilish, diabolical, disadvantageous, disserviceable,
distressing, dropsical, dyspeptic, edematous, encephalitic,
envenomed, epileptic, evil, fatal, feral, ferine, ferocious,
fiendish, fierce, full of hate, harmful, hateful, hostile, hurtful,
infectious, infective, inhuman, iniquitous, injurious, internecine,
invidious, kill-crazy, killing, laryngitic, leprous, lethal,
luetic, malarial, malefic, maleficent, malevolent, malicious,
malign, mean, measly, mephitic, merciless, miasmal, miasmatic,
miasmic, mischievous, mortal, murderous, nasty, nephritic,
neuralgic, neuritic, noisome, noncivilized, noxious, ominous,
ornery, palsied, paralytic, pernicious, pestiferous, pestilential,
phthisic, pitiless, pleuritic, pneumonic, pocky, podagric,
poisonous, prejudicial, quarrelsome, rachitic, rancorous,
repugnant, rheumatic, rickety, ruthless, sanguinary, savage,
scatheful, scorbutic, scrofulous, set against, sore, spiteful,
tabetic, tabid, tameless, toxic, toxicant, toxiferous, tubercular,
tuberculous, tumorigenic, tumorous, uncivilized, ungentle, untamed,
venenate, veneniferous, venenous, venomous, vicious, virulent,
vitriolic, wicked, wild




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  • malignant Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    A malignant disease or growth is likely to get worse and lead to death: 2 having a strong wish to do harm: 3 (of a disease or tissue growing because of a disease) leading to death: Learn more (of a disease or tissue growing because of a disease) leading to death: Learn more
  • Malignant | Define Malignant at Dictionary. com
    Earlier in the church malignant "followers of the antichrist," from Latin ecclesiam malignantum in early Church writing, applied by Protestant writers to the Church in Rome (1540s) As an adjective, Middle English used simple malign (early 14c ) Related: Malignantly
  • Malign definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
    Definition of malign from the Collins English Dictionary The subjunctive The subjunctive was formerly used in English for situations that were improbable or that expressed a wish It is only rarely used in modern British English It is, however, found in certain set phras
  • Malignant - definition of malignant by The Free Dictionary
    At first it seemed as if the remembrance of the promised reward grew vivid in his mind, while he listened to the sources of parental feeling which were to assure its possession; but, as Duncan proceeded, the expression of joy became so fiercely malignant that it was impossible not to apprehend it proceeded from some passion more sinister than avarice
  • English - definition of English by The Free Dictionary
    Word History: English is derived from England, one would think But in fact the language name is found long before the country name The latter first appears as Englaland around the year 1000 and means "the land of the Engle," that is, the Angles
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  • Malignant | Definition of Malignant by Merriam-Webster
    Definition of malignant for English Language Learners medical: very serious and dangerous : tending or likely to grow and spread in a rapid and uncontrolled way that can cause death : very evil
  • Malignant - Definition for English-Language Learners from . . .
    Definition of malignant written for English Language Learners from the Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary with audio pronunciations, usage examples, and count noncount noun labels
  • Definition of MALIGNANT MELANOMA - Dictionary by Merriam . . .
    hogwash 'nonsense, balderdash' probity 'adherence to the highest principles and ideals' sequacious 'intellectually servile' inadmissible 'not capable of being allowed' oligarch, pejorative 'a member a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes'
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