Malign

posted Nov 11, 2017, 10:24 AM by David Alan Binder

Malign

Malign (adj.) the opposite of malign is said to be benign.  However, benign just means harmless.  So if something is truly wicked or bad-natured then a word for good or good natured would be the true opposite.

 

A real opposite word for malign would be “prolign” (made up word by David Alan Binder)  A true opposite word is more than just to not malign; it should mean something more than the word benign which is harmless.  Let’s change to a word that means actively helping.

The origin of malign is from early 14c., from Old French maligne "having an evil nature," from Latin malignus "wicked, bad-natured”

http://www.etymonline.com/word/malign

 

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