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mal-(word root) bad, evil
1. Bad; badly: maladminister.
2. Abnormal; abnormally: malformation.
bad or badly; wrong or wrongly; imperfect or defective: maladjusted; malfunction.
[Old French, from Latin malus bad, male badly]
a combining form meaning “bad,” “wrongful,” “ill,” occurring orig. in loanwords from French (maladroit); on this model, used in the formation of other words (malcontent; malfunction). Compare male-.
[< Old French, representing mal adv. (< Latin male badly) and adj. (< Latin malus bad)]