Word of the day!



to pretend illness, espeically in order to shirk one’s duty, avoid work, etc.


Because he twice slapped battle-stressed soldiers in Sicily who, he thought, were merely malingering , he was denied a major command in the Normandy landings.
— Bernard Knox , “Scorched Earth,” The New York Times , 1999

It is impossible to determine exactly what inspired Mary’s various symptoms, but her own and other family members’ letters suggest that her suffering may have been a combination of hypochondria, conscious histrionics and malingering , and unconscious rebellion against her father.
— Caroline Fraser , God’s Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church , 1999


Malinger derives from French malingre , “sickly,” perhaps from Old French mal , “badly” + heingre , “lean, thin.”


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