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Definition harmful or evil

or in medicine:  characterized by progressive and uncontrolled harmful growth — especially of a tumor
  • At a guess he would have said that it was the body of a man of sixty, suffering from some malignant disease.
    George Orwell  --  1984
malignant = harmful
  • He hit it [the shark] without hope but with resolution and complete malignancy.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • malignancy = intent to harm
  • Gey and his wife, Margaret, had spent the last three decades working to grow malignant cells outside the body, hoping to use them to find cancer's cause and cure.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • malignant = growing in a harmful, uncontrolled manner
  • He started to his feet with a malignant glance at Winston, whom he evidently suspected of having tripped him up.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • malignant = harmful or evil
  • Growth of the L-cell (the first immortal cell line, grown from a mouse) was documented in W R. Earle et al., "Production of Malignancy in Vitro."
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Behind the eyeholes of his yellowed skull Rattleshirt's stare was malignant, but he yielded grudgingly.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • But it is even so; the fallen angel becomes a malignant devil.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • And the pearl was ugly; it was gray, like a malignant growth.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Midnight and noon and dawn and dusk are the hours of danger, susceptibility to the "grahayas"— planetary spirits of malignant character.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • I hope knowing you are not dying of a malignant tumor has your spirits high!
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • By coincidence or out of some malignant expression of humor, the house was located right behind the city morgue, a few blocks north of City Hall.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • This act would not be a little patch on the face of his reputation to embellish it, but a very malignant ulcer to disfigure it.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • John had nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a very rare cancer, constituting less than 1 percent of all childhood malignancies.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • And so our vague Peeperkorn was carried off by his malignant tropical fever, is that it?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • She tried again not to think about the malignant cells invading his organs.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • Every time she thought of that malignant black face peering at her from the shadows of the twilight forest road, she fell to trembling.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Don Carlos gave Stewart one long malignant stare; then he threw back his head, swept up the sombrero, and his evil smile showed gleaming teeth.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • But the general aspect of the swamp was malignant.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • So your suspicion for malignancy was high, right?
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Then the shadows had begun to gather; it was as if Osmond deliberately, almost malignantly, had put the lights out one by one.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2

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