Definition: Malign (pronounced muh-LAHYN) Latin
1. To speak harmful untruths about; speak evil of; slander; defame: to malign an honorable man.
1. Evil in effect; pernicious; baleful; injurious:
2. Having or showing an evil disposition; malevolent; malicious.
Why I love this word:
Well this isn't exactly a positive word to love but it is an important one to know. Gracious ladies do not speak in a malign sense. It simply isn't ladylike, or appropriate. When you find yourself speaking poorly of another person, stop and think about what you are saying and how it is making you sound. Because as you are describing the other person is also how you are defining yourself.
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