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English Dictionary: malignant by the DICT Development Group
4 results for malignant
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. dangerous to health; characterized by progressive and uncontrolled growth (especially of a tumor)
    Antonym(s): benign
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sore \Sore\, a. [Compar. {Sorer}; superl. {Sorest}.] [OE. sor,
      sar, AS. s[be]r; akin to D. zeer, OS. & OHG. s[?]r, G. sehr
      very, Icel. s[be]rr, Sw. s[86]r, Goth. sair pain. Cf.
      1. Tender to the touch; susceptible of pain from pressure;
            inflamed; painful; -- said of the body or its parts; as, a
            sore hand.
      2. Fig.: Sensitive; tender; easily pained, grieved, or vexed;
            very susceptible of irritation.
                     Malice and hatred are very fretting and vexatious,
                     and apt to make our minds sore and uneasy.
      3. Severe; afflictive; distressing; as, a sore disease; sore
            evil or calamity. --Shak.
      4. Criminal; wrong; evil. [Obs.] --Shak.
      {Sore throat} (Med.), inflammation of the throat and tonsils;
            pharyngitis. See {Cynanche}.
      {Malignant}, {Ulcerated} [or] {Putrid}, {sore throat}. See
            {Angina}, and under {Putrid}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Malignant \Ma*lig"nant\, a. [L. malignans, -antis, p. pr. of
      malignare, malignari, to do or make maliciously. See
      {Malign}, and cf. {Benignant}.]
      1. Disposed to do harm, inflict suffering, or cause distress;
            actuated by extreme malevolence or enmity; virulently
            inimical; bent on evil; malicious.
                     A malignant and a turbaned Turk.         --Shak.
      2. Characterized or caused by evil intentions; pernicious.
            [bd]Malignant care.[b8] --Macaulay.
                     Some malignant power upon my life.      --Shak.
                     Something deleterious and malignant as his touch.
      3. (Med.) Tending to produce death; threatening a fatal
            issue; virulent; as, malignant diphtheria.
      {Malignant pustule} (Med.), a very contagious disease,
            transmitted to man from animals, characterized by the
            formation, at the point of reception of the virus, of a
            vesicle or pustule which first enlarges and then breaks
            down into an unhealthy ulcer. It is marked by profound
            exhaustion and usually fatal. Called also {charbon}, and
            sometimes, improperly, {anthrax}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Malignant \Ma*lig"nant\, n.
      1. A man of extrems enmity or evil intentions. --Hooker.
      2. (Eng. Hist.) One of the adherents of Charles L. or Charles
            LL.; -- so called by the opposite party.
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