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."
There are no more uses of "malign" in the book.
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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."