I learned a new word today. Well, new usage for a word. And it's not a hard one. And I hope you don't think me naive for not having known this. But I feel better now that this gap in my vocabulary has been spackled.
Regarding the (newly-dead) Slobodan Milosevic, Condi Rice said this weekend that he was
"one of the most malign forces in Europe in quite a long time."
I've never thought of malign as an adjective. "Malignant", yes. But there it is in the dictionary. Harmful, evil, mean. Yup.