AskDefine | Define malignity

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1 wishing evil to others [syn: malevolence] [ant: benevolence]
2 quality of being disposed to evil; intense ill will [syn: malignancy, malignance] [ant: benignity, benignity]

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  1. 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.
  2. A non-benign cancer; a malignancy.
    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
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