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Meaning of mal-

mal-

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a combining form meaning “bad,” “wrongful,” “ill,” occurring originally in loanwords from French (malapert); on this model, used in the formation of other words (malfunction; malcontent). Cf.

Mal.

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Malachi.
  2. Malayan.
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