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 History of this Word

"mal" is from "male" ("badly") spoken by ancient people in central Italy around 700 B.C.


In this sense, "mal" is a word added to another word to make a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"mal-" is a type of prefix


A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "bad" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

mal- illustration Electrical malfunctions are usually the first symptoms to show up.
mal- illustration Malevolent beings, "ghosts, evil spirits", hinder man in achieving a proper relation with the spiritual realm.