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mal-

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).
Compare male-.
Origin
Middle English < Old French, representing mal adv. (< Latin male badly, ill) and adj. (< Latin malus bad)

Mal.

1.
2.

Malachi

[mal-uh-kahy] /ˈmæl əˌkaɪ/
noun
1.
a Minor Prophet of the 5th century b.c.
2.
the book of the Bible bearing his name.
Abbreviation: Mal.
Also, Douay Bible, Malachias
[mal-uh-kahy-uh s] /ˌmæl əˈkaɪ əs/ (Show IPA)
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Examples for mal
  • About ten minutes into his lecture he had a grand mal seizure.
  • He did not conspire with mal-intent, therefore the ends do not justify the means.
  • Zealous anti-nuclear lobbyists and a mal-informed government have created the pending energy crisis.
British Dictionary definitions for mal

MAL

abbreviation
1.
Malaysia (international car registration)

mal-

combining form
1.
bad or badly; wrong or wrongly; imperfect or defective maladjusted, malfunction
Word Origin
Old French, from Latin malus bad, male badly

Mal.

abbreviation
1.
(Bible) Malachi
2.
Malay(an)

Malachi

/ˈmæləˌkaɪ/
noun (Old Testament)
1.
a Hebrew prophet of the 5th century bc
2.
the book containing his oracles Douay spelling Malachias (ˌmæləˈkaɪəs)
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Word Origin and History for mal

mal-

word-forming element meaning "bad, badly, ill, poorly, wrong, wrongly," from French mal (adv.), from Old French mal (adj., adv.) "evil, ill, wrong, wrongly" (9c.), from Latin male (adv.) "badly," or malus (adj.) "bad, evil" (fem. mala, neuter malum), of unknown origin, perhaps related to Avestan mairiia "treacherous." Most Modern English words with this prefix are 19c. coinages.

Malachi

masc. proper name, Old Testament name of the last in order of the Twelve Prophets, from Hebrew Mal'akhi, literally "my messenger," from mal'akh "messenger," from Semitic base l-'-k (cf. Arabic la'aka "he sent").

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mal in Medicine

mal (māl, mäl)
n.
A disease or disorder.

mal- pref.

  1. Bad; badly: malpractice.

  2. Abnormal; abnormally: malformation.

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mal in Technology
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Related Abbreviations for mal

MAL

Malaysia (international vehicle ID)

Mal.

  1. Malachi
  2. Malawi
  3. Malawian
  4. Malay
  5. Malaysia
  6. Malaysian
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mal in the Bible

messenger or angel, the last of the minor prophets, and the writer of the last book of the Old Testament canon (Mal. 4:4, 5, 6). Nothing is known of him beyond what is contained in his book of prophecies. Some have supposed that the name is simply a title descriptive of his character as a messenger of Jehovah, and not a proper name. There is reason, however, to conclude that Malachi was the ordinary name of the prophet. He was contemporary with Nehemiah (comp. Mal. 2:8 with Neh. 13:15; Mal. 2:10-16 with Neh. 13:23). No allusion is made to him by Ezra, and he does not mention the restoration of the temple, and hence it is inferred that he prophesied after Haggai and Zechariah, and when the temple services were still in existence (Mal. 1:10; 3:1, 10). It is probable that he delivered his prophecies about B.C. 420, after the second return of Nehemiah from Persia (Neh. 13:6), or possibly before his return.

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