Part of speech:

Bad; ill; evil; wrong; defective; imperfect; as, maltreat: signifying also simple negation.

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Usage examples "mal":

  1. The eye is, however, by no means employed only to work evil; by the side of their mal occhio the Italians have another gift, called attrativa, which enables man, apparently by the force of his eye only, to draw to himself all whom he wishes to attract. - "Modern Magic", Maximilian Schele de Vere.
  2. " Bitte, sprechen Sie mal Deutsch," she said suddenly. - "The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted", Katharine Ellis Barrett.
  3. My dear George, Edward would say, the heiress of Lord Warwick is certainly no mal- alliance for a king's brother; but the safety of the throne imperatively demands that my brothers should strengthen my rule by connections with foreign potentates. - "The Last Of The Barons, Complete", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.