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malignant
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
harmful or evil

or in medicine:  characterized by progressive and uncontrolled harmful growth — especially of a tumor
  • It turned out that the Jeroboam had a malignant epidemic on board, and that Mayhew, her captain, was fearful of infecting the Pequod's company.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (23% in)
  • Gifted with the high perception, I lack the low, enjoying power; damned, most subtly and most malignantly! damned in the midst of Paradise!
    Chapters 37-39 -- Sunset; Dusk; First Night-Watch (19% in)
  • But as he sat still for a moment, and as he steadfastly looked into the mate's malignant eye and perceived the stacks of powder-casks heaped up in him and the slow-match silently burning along towards them; as he instinctively saw all this, that strange forbearance and unwillingness to stir up the deeper passionateness in any already ireful being—a repugnance most felt, when felt at all, by really valiant men even when aggrieved—this nameless phantom feeling, gentlemen, stole over...
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (47% in)
  • "Ego non baptizo te in nomine patris, sed in nomine diaboli!" deliriously howled Ahab, as the malignant iron scorchingly devoured the baptismal blood.
    Chapters 112-114 -- The Blacksmith; The Forge; The Gilder (69% in)

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