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malign -- as in: malign his character
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Middlemarch
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  • Lydgate was not at all sure that the Vicar maligned himself.
  • And this cruel outward accuser was there in the shape of a wife—nay, of a young bride, who, instead of observing his abundant pen-scratches and amplitude of paper with the uncritical awe of an elegant-minded canary-bird, seemed to present herself as a spy watching everything with a malign power of inference.

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  • I glared at her—the woman had maligned me—and then I noticed for the first time the swell in her belly and realized she was pregnant again.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • But to malign the good name of America’s greatest television judge—that’s below the belt."
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines

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