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malignant
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
harmful or evil

or in medicine:  characterized by progressive and uncontrolled harmful growth — especially of a tumor
  • Looking at the mother, you might hope that the daughter would become like her, which is a prospective advantage equal to a dowry—the mother too often standing behind the daughter like a malignant prophecy—"Such as I am, she will shortly be."
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (18% in)
  • With the reasons which kept Bulstrode in dread of Raffles there flashed the thought that the dread might have something to do with his munificence towards his medical man; and though he resisted the suggestion that it had been consciously accepted in any way as a bribe, he had a foreboding that this complication of things might be of malignant effect on Lydgate's reputation.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (87% in)

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