mal-

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French mal- from the Latin adverb male, from malus.

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mal-

  1. bad, badly
    Synonym: mis-
    1. evil
    2. unhealthy, harmful
    3. unpleasant
    4. incorrect
      Synonyms: para-, dis-, dys-, mis-
    5. incomplete, unfinished
    6. poorly, deficiently
      Synonyms: under-, hypo-, dys-
  2. unintentional, mistaken, accidental
    Synonym: mis-
  3. not
    Synonyms: a-, an-, dys-, in-, non-, un-

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From mal.

Prefix[edit]

mal-

  1. poorly, badly

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Esperanto[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French mal- in its secondary sense of denoting the opposite.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /mal/
  • (file)

Prefix[edit]

mal-

  1. denotes opposites
    mal- + ‎alta (high) → ‎malalta (low).
    mal- + ‎ami (to love) → ‎malami (to hate).
    mal- + ‎dekstra (right) → ‎maldekstra (left).

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French mal-, from Old French mal-, from mal (bad; badly).

Pronunciation[edit]

Prefix[edit]

mal-

  1. badly; wrongly
    mal- + ‎faisant → ‎malfaisant (harmful)
  2. denotes the opposite of the unprefixed form

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin male (badly).

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mal-

  1. bad; badly

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Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin male (badly)

Prefix[edit]

mal-

  1. bad; badly

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin male (badly)

Prefix[edit]

mal-

  1. bad; badly
  2. poorly
  3. barely, hardly

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin male (badly).

Prefix[edit]

mal-

  1. bad; badly

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