Calumny vs Malign - What's the difference?

calumny | malign |


As a noun calumny

is a falsification or misrepresentation intended to disparage or discredit another.

As an adjective malign is

evil or malignant in disposition, nature, intent or influence.

As a verb malign is

to make defamatory statements about; to slander or traduce.

calumny

English

Noun

(calumnies)
  • A falsification or misrepresentation intended to disparage or discredit another.
  • Accusations of abuse were pure extortive calumny in a malicious bid to make money .
  • False charges brought about to tarnish another's reputation or standing.
  • Derived terms

    * calumniate

    Synonyms

    * defamation * obloquy * vilification * See also

    malign

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • evil or malignant in disposition, nature, intent or influence.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Witchcraft may be by operation of malign spirits.
  • malevolent.
  • * 1891 -
  • He was sure they [the stars] were arranged in some order which had a secret and malign significance.
  • (oncology) malignant
  • a malign ulcer
    (Francis Bacon)

    Antonyms

    * benign

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To make defamatory statements about; to slander or traduce.
  • * South
  • To be envied and shot at; to be maligned standing, and to be despised falling.
  • (archaic) To treat with malice; to show hatred toward; to abuse; to wrong.
  • * Spenser
  • The people practice what mischiefs and villainies they will against private men, whom they malign by stealing their goods, or murdering them.

    Synonyms

    * See also