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malignant    : [məl'ɪgnənt]
Invasive \In*va"sive\, a. [LL. invasivus: cf. F. invasif. See
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.
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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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adj 1: dangerous to health; characterized by progressive and
uncontrolled growth (especially of a tumor) [ant:

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
    malignant definition: 1 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:
  • malignant Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    malignant meaning: 1 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
  • Malignant definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
    Definition of malignant from the Collins English Dictionary Adverbial clauses The following are the main types of adverbial clause: Time: sets the timing for the main clause
  • Malignant | Define Malignant at Dictionary. com
    1560s, in reference to diseases, from Middle French malignant and directly from Late Latin malignantem (nominative malignans) "acting from malice," present participle of malignare "injure maliciously" (see malign (v ))
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    • MALIGNANT HYPERTENSION (noun) The noun MALIGNANT HYPERTENSION has 1 sense: 1 severe hypertension that runs a rapid course and damages the inner linings of the blood vessels and the heart and spleen and kidneys and brain Familiarity information: MALIGNANT HYPERTENSION used as a noun is very rare
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    Define English English synonyms, English pronunciation, English translation, English dictionary definition of English adj 1 Of, relating to, or characteristic of England or its people or culture 2 Of or relating to the English language n 1 The people of England

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