This ROOT-WORD is a Prefix MAL meaning BAD & EVIL. I’m sure that the opposite comes to your mind immediately -BENE. If you refer to the list for that ROOT, you will find that many of the words are just the same except that MAL is used instead of BENE. How long will it take you to learn the root, MAL? One instant? Good. One root learned makes 20 words earned. Remember Mrs. MALaprop? MAL is the root to her MALfortune. Remember your roots and you’II never be a Mr. or Mrs. MALaprop. The root is all.
1. Maladroit : MAL adroit (mal a droit’) adj.
Clumsy; awkward; inept
2. Malady : MAL ady (mal’ ad ee) n.
3. Malapert : MAL apert (mal a pert’) adj.
4. Malapropos : MAL apropos (mal a pro poe’) adj.
Inappropriate; not fitting
5. Malapropism : MAL apropism (mal’ a prop iz um) n.
Humorous misuse of words
6. Malaria : MAL aria (ma lar’ ee a) n.
A disease carried by a mosquito
7. Malcontent : MAL content (mal’ kon tent) adj.
Rebellious; discontented; bad tempered
8. Malediction : MAL ediction (mal e dik’ shun) n.
9. Malefaction : MAL efaction (mal e fak’ shun) n.
An evil deed
10. Malefactor : MAL efactor (mal’ e fak tor) n.
One who commits an evil deed; evildoer11. Malevolent : MAL evolent (ma lev’ o lent) adj.
Wishing evil to others
12. Malevolence : MAL evolence (ma lev’ o lens) n.
The state of wishing evil to others; ill will; viciousness
13. Malfeasance : MAL feasance (mal feze’ ans) n.
Evil conduct; especially by a public official
14. Maltreated : MAL treated (mal trete’ ed) adj.
Badly treated; abused
15. Malice : MAL ice (mal’ is) n.
Ill-will’ as, “with malice toward none’
16. Malicious : MAL icious (ma lish’ us) adj.
Full of ill-will
17. Malpractice : MAL practice (mal prak’ tis) n.
18. Malignant : MAL ignant (ma lig’ nant) adj.
Injurious; extremely evil; tending to produce death
19. Malign : MAL ign (mal lie’) v.
To utter slander of; to defame, unjustly
20. Maliferous : MAL iferous (ma lif’ er us) adj.
Disease bringing; productive of evil
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