2 quality of being disposed to evil; intense ill will [syn: malignancy, malignance] [ant: benignity, benignity]
- The quality of being malign or malignant; bad, evil, monstrous, depraved, maliciousness.
- 1861 His enjoyment of the spectacle I furnished, as he sat with his arms folded on the table, shaking his head at me and hugging himself, had a malignity in it that made me tremble. — Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, Chapter 40.
- A non-benign cancer;
- 2005 The absence of any histological sign of malignity in the primary tumor and in the metastases, as observed in our patient, is remarkable. "Multiple metastases of a mandibular ameloblastoma" R.L. Abada et al., "Multiple metastases of a mandibular ameloblastoma", Revue de stomatologie et de chirurgie maxillo-faciale, 2005 Jun;106(3):177-80 English abstract of French article