Ma*lig"nance (?), Ma*lig"nan*cy , n. [See Malignant.]

1.

The state or quality of being malignant; extreme malevolence; bitter enmity; malice; as, malignancy of heart.

2.

Unfavorableness; evil nature.

The malignancy of my fate might perhaps distemner yours. Shak.

3. Med.

Virulence; tendency to a fatal issue; as, the malignancy of an ulcer or of a fever.

4.

The state of being a malignant.

Syn. -- Malice; malevolence; malignity. See Malice.

 

© Webster 1913.

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