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MALIGN

Speaking evil of another for the purpose of injuring, and without regard for the truth. To malign carries the implication of doing harm to a person, group, or race by means of falsehood, even though the one who maligns may not have deliberately lied. (Etym. Latin malignus, ill-disposed, malicious; originally, of a bad nature.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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