malignity

Part of speech: noun

Violent animosity; destructiveness; virulence.

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Usage examples "malignity":

  1. You could hardly bring yourselves to believe, you who have lived quiet, stay- at- home lives, how merciless were the men into whose hands we fell, and if I did but tell you one- tenth of the malignity which they displayed towards us, you would not wonder that I sometimes feel inclined to wonder if my memories of that most unhappy time are not dreams rather than realities. - "In the Days of Drake", J. S. Fletcher.
  2. It is besides an effect of vulgar and puerile malignity to imagine, that every statesman is of course corrupt; and that his opinion, upon every constitutional point, is solely formed upon some sinister interest. - "The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)", Edmund Burke.
  3. The poor fellow's face looked haggard with want; he had the aspect of a man who had not known what it was to live in comfort and plenty for weeks, perhaps months, past, and yet there was no ferocity, no malignity in his countenance; it was worn, dejected, austere, but still patient. - "Shirley", Charlotte Brontë.