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malign -- as in: malign his character
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  • The stink of cheap feeble cigarettes and cheap powerful cigars hovered about the table like a malign spirit; the floor was scattered with stubs, matches, old cards, and whisky bottles.
  • Pickerbaugh called him a grafter, and the last time Pugh had been elected—it had been on a Reform Platform, though since that time the reform had been coaxed to behave itself and be practical—both Pugh and Pickerbaugh had denounced Jordan as a "malign force."

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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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