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malign

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Definition speak unfavorably about
  • He said the Taliban had attacked me not for my campaign for education but because I tried to "malign [their] efforts to establish the Islamic system."
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • My honour is as untouched as that of the bitterest enemy who ever maligned me.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He was sure they were arranged in some order which had a secret and malign significance.
    Ambrose Bierce  --  An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  • He never felt angry with his father, because he did not wish to ally himself with his mother, who continually maligned the man.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • The flush soon left his face, however, making way for the yellow pallor that usually came to the man's face after a malign attack.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Ignorant, superstitious, worked upon by things as they seemed, the outlaw imagined himself at last beset by malign forces.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • It's full of malign humors."
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Maraa Isabel feels she is being forced to have her daughter's celebration with women who have maligned her as a bad mother.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • Where, he wonders for the umpteenth time, does using one's talents to bring "glory onto God" end and the much maligned "pridefulness" begin?
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • He said he wanted to give dignity to those dances that Hollywood and the West had maligned.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • A whole malign history burning cold and remote and black.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • I wailed and gnashed my teeth over the fact that I had maligned a fellow student.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • One was inside the flat hung up in the kitchen and the other was-or should be-in the maligned bag.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Some wicked person has been maligning me to you; but it's all right.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Willetts, I understand you've maligned me to Bishop Kane and others," began Shefford, curtly.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • I do not hesitate to make the remark, for I am as little disposed to flatter my contemporaries as to malign them.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Eustacia was now no longer the goddess but the woman to him, a being to fight for, support, help, be maligned for.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • 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
  • "Thou art right, Sancho," returned Don Quixote; "It will be wise to let the malign influence of the stars which now prevails pass off."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • But I pressed her, trying to make her see that all of it was a malign trick to take her money.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders

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