2. Habile. Air malin, idée maligne.
3. (Médecine) Cancéreux. Tumeur maligne.
(Used of behavior or attitude) Characteristic of those who treat others with condescension; SYN. condescending, patronizing, patronising.
1. Expert in skulduggery.
2. (Of persons) Highest in rank or authority or office; SYN. boss, chief, head, top.
ETYM From Art.
Marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft.
ETYM Origin uncertain. Related to Old Eng. cliver eager, AS. clyfer (in comp.) cloven; or clifer a claw, perh. connected with Eng. cleave to divide, split, the meaning of Eng. clever perh. coming from the idea of grasping, seizing (with the mind).
Showing inventiveness and skill; SYN. cunning, ingenious.
ETYM Latin malignans, -antis, p. pr. of malignare, malignari, to do or make maliciously. Related to Malign, Benignant.
(Pathology) Characterized by progressive and uncontrolled growth (especially of a tumor).
Term used to describe a cancerous growth. It is also applied to any condition that could kill if untreated (as in malignant hypertension).
Clever and cunning; cunning and secretive.