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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
  harmful or evil

or in medicine:  characterized by progressive and uncontrolled harmful growth — especially of a tumor
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malignant malignancies malignancy malignantly
Word Prefix:  Note that "mal" often means "bad".
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  • 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
  • He hit it [the shark] without hope but with resolution and complete malignancy.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • The two aging men saw her through her loneliest and most difficult hours, through the malignant limbo of turning from a howling tomboy into a young woman.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • He had me go in for a biopsy, and that’s when we found out it was malignant.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed

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  • Malignant paper tumor in tray two.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • A quack doctor pitched patent medicines from the back of a wagon: "A rare cordial to fortify the innards against infective parasites, unwholesome damps, and malignant effluvia!"
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • 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
  • The walls didn’t radiate the same malignant heat.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • The coldness deepened and swirled all about her and through her, and was filled with a new and strange kind of darkness that was a completely tangible thing, a thing that wanted to eat and digest her like some enormous malignant beast of prey.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • The wind whipped malignantly from the river and the waves crashed over the trailer to wash and numb his feet.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • She had not meant to, it was simple reflex; the reason she had shut music out during these days of malignant depression was that she had found she could not bear the contrast between the abstract yet immeasurable beauty of music and the almost touchable dimensions of her own aching despair.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I hope knowing you are not dying of a malignant tumor has your spirits high!
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Cold sweat—that malignant little friend—outstaying its welcome in the armpits and trousers.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • He started to his feet with a malignant glance at Winston, whom he evidently suspected of having tripped him up.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Or might it suffice him that every wholesome growth should be converted into something deleterious and malignant at his touch?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It sprang again, landing just above the door, where it hung like a gigantic malignant spider, staring down at her with its cluster of eyes.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Every afternoon she has us put on our coolest dresses and run away from our malignant house.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • And the pearl was ugly; it was gray, like a malignant growth.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Somehow his words and his look did not seem to accord, or else it was that his cast of face made his smile look malignant and saturnine.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • For a long time there had been rumours — circulated, he had reason to think, by some malignant enemy — that there was something subversive and even revolutionary in the outlook of himself and his colleagues.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • The look in his eyes was now frankly malignant.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • An unlighted, unpaved stretch of waterfront lay before him, sagging structures and empty spaces of sky, warehouses, a crooked cornice hanging somewhere over a window with a malignant light.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • ’I couldn’t have believed it, sir’ said Mrs Mann, holding up her hands, and looking malignantly at Dick.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Hence, you see, my double deduction that you had been out in vile weather, and that you had a particularly malignant boot-slitting specimen of the London slavey.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The creases of his face were a malignant smile.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • They looked like avenging dragons driving a foul malignant fiend out of a beauteous palace.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Somewhere there, on that desolate plain, was lurking this fiendish man, hiding in a burrow like a wild beast, his heart full of malignancy against the whole race which had cast him out.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • There was such a malignant enjoyment in her utterance of the last words, and she broke into such a disagreeable laugh, that I was at a loss what to say.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • 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.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • But it is even so; the fallen angel becomes a malignant devil.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • "God, by means of a malignant fever that took him," answered the bachelor.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • But why is she so malignant?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • In the night, he must have eaten and slept; for in the morning he was himself again, active, powerful, angry, and malignant, prepared for his last great struggle against the world.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Didn’t know about her miscarriages, or that she’d lost her husband and mother to the creep of malignancies.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Set you down this; And say besides,—that in Aleppo once, Where a malignant and a turban’d Turk Beat a Venetian and traduc’d the state, I took by the throat the circumcised dog And smote him—thus.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Farid saw other ghosts and spirits, too, whole armies of them: malignant, all-powerful beings who tore the hearts out of poor mortal boys and ate them.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • She tried again not to think about the malignant cells invading his organs.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • Thou liest, malignant thing!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • Her face was distorted and malignant with menace, even the bridge of the nose wrinkling from tip to eyes so prodigious was her snarl.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • She was a diminutive, withered up old woman of sixty, with sharp malignant eyes and a sharp little nose.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Billee’s one fault was his excessive good nature, while Joe was the very opposite, sour and introspective, with a perpetual snarl and a malignant eye.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • 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
  • I hope you have better sense than that — to fall in love with someone so . malignant.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • The silence that followed his outburst had a fungus quality to it, as though it were breeding malignancies,, and I had the uncanny feeling that I had somehow been stripped naked and violated.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Not even the malignant power of Kunthi could rouse me: I felt too remote.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • But the vengeance of Magua sought a deeper and more malignant enjoyment.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Scarcely was I sold, than the plague which had made the tour of Africa, Asia, and Europe, broke out with great malignancy in Algiers.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Let no malignant spirit .
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • From another corner stole a withered hag with streaming grey hair and malignant eyes.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Dona Clara was in the hands of malignant Nature who reserves the right to inflict upon her children the most terrifying jests.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
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Associated words [difficulty]:   malignant [2] , malicious [1] , malevolent [2] , malady [3] , malign [4] , malinger [5] , malaise [6] , malediction [6] , malfeasance [6] , malpractice [6] , malodorous [7] , malcontent [8] , malefactor [8] , maladroit [9]
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