V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. evil; 2. life-threatening

Synonyms: evil, hateful, spiteful, wicked, nasty, injurious, harmful

Antonyms: benign, kind, caring

Tips: Malignant is often used to refer to a life-threatening tumor--a tumor that is growing and could cause death. Malignant can also refer to a person who is evil and wanting to cause death to others. Malignant is one of many words that begins with the prefix mal-. Mal almost always precedes "bad" words like malice, malicious, malcontent, malevolent. The antonym of mal- is bene-. Bene- is a prefix which almost always precedes "good" words like benevolent, benevolence, beneficiary, benign.

Usage Examples:

The biopsy showed that the tumor was not malignant and was indeed benign. (life-threatening, injurious)

The dictator was an evil and malignant leader. (evil, wicked)

The terrorist leader is the most depraved and malignant person in the world. (evil)

If a tumor is growing rapidly it is considered malignant. (life-threatening)

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