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September 23, 2016

English Vocabulary in 365 Days - Lesson 39

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Hello everyone, in our Lesson 38, we learnt about the prefix MacroMacro represents the meanings large; long and excessiveToday we shall see the prefixes mal and male. Happy Reading :)

Day 39 : Mal; Male

  • mal, male - bad; not correct; ill
Let's try to understand this with some examples
  • malefactor (noun) = a person who does wrong.
    • male (mal) - Prefix = bad
    • fact (facere) - Root = do
    • or - Suffix = a person
  • malaria (noun) = a disease carried by a mosquito
    • mal - Prefix = ill
    • aria (aria) - Root = air
Let's have a look at some more words with mal, male prefixes, for better understanding.
  • malady - Sickness; disease
  • malapropos - inappropriate; not fitting
  • malevolent - Having or showing ill will, spiteful
  • malice - with intent of doing harm for the satisfaction of it
  • malpractice - in violation of professional standards especially by carelessness or improper conduct
  • maladroit - awkward, clumsy
  • maltreated - badly treated; abused
  • malign - to speak harmful untruths about someone
  • maliferous - disease bringing; productive of
  • malignant - to cause harm, suffering; a tumor with capability to cause death
  • malnutrition - to lack proper food and vitamins
  • malediction - a curse
  • malfeasance - evil conduct; especially by a public official
  • malleable - capable of being shaped
  • malapropism - humorous misuse of words
  • malignant - injurious; extremely evil; tending to produce death
  • malfunction - to fail to work correctly
  • malefactor - one who commits an evil deed; evildoer
  • malcontent - bad tempered
  • malefaction - an evil deed
  • malevolent - wishing evil to others
      Home Work :

      Try to guess the meanings of the following elements.
      1. -claim
      2. -don
      3. -ergo
      4. -fall
      a. deceive
      b. work
      c. to shout
      d. give

      Try to match the above elements with given meanings.  Solve it on your own and

      That's all for today guys..... Thank you :)

      You can read Old Lessons of this series from here
      Shraboni Chakraborty
      Asstt. Professor
      English and Foreign Languages University,

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