Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
A disposition abstinately bad or malicious. Malignancy and malignity are words nearly synonymous. In some connections, malignity seems rather more pertinently applied to a radical depravity of nature; and malignancy to indications of this depravity in temper and conduct in particular instances.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Malignity'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/m/malignity.html. 1802.