Example : But by now, it should be clear that apart from the baleful influence of science, and to a degree because of it, modernism has been completely hamstrung by its realism.
Harmful, Evil, Bad, Baleful, Hostile, Inimical, Destructive, Malignant, Injurious, Malefic, Maleficent, Defame, Slander, Libel, Blacken someone's name/character, Smear, Vilify, Speak ill of, Cast aspersions on, Run down, Traduce, Denigrate, Disparage, Slur, Abuse, Revile, Badmouth, Dis, Knock, Talk smack, Derogate, Calumniate
Example : By the very nature of what it is, Empires are malignant , not benign though they cloak this malignancy with shallow kindness.
Unpleasant, Unkind, Serious, Annoying, Obscene, Foul, Smutty, Awful, Tight
Example : Unfortunately, this type of viewing can become a nasty habit that, in the end, sabotages any meaningful engagement with sports.