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malaise

Short Definition : uneasiness; vague feeling of ill health (without any particular pain or appearance of disease)

Definition
(noun) physical discomfort (as mild sickness or depression)
Synonyms : unease uneasiness
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mal(means bad, not good (of condition)+aise(sounds like ease)....and someone who is not at ease is one who is feeling ill

Think of malaria

mal hai tu... always making me uneasy. Mal hai tu!!!

I ate a jar of MAYONNAISE. Now I feel sick.

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Malai - se; you go to a function and eat a lot of malai dar things and then u feel uneasiness and vague feeling of ill health!

Malaise in mind when wearing maile(dirty) se clothes.

Malaise- AALAS aalas lagta hai means dull dul whn some one is feel ill. so malaise = uneasiness or vague feeling of ill health.

malapropism

Short Definition : comic misuse of a word; CF. Mrs. Malaprop

Definition
(noun) the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar
Synonyms : malaprop
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for malapropism

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mal (negative) + prop (proper usage) .. improper usage of words

Mrs Malaprop was a very famous character of an english play "The Rivals" where she misuses words, creating a comical effect.

malapropos

Short Definition : inappropriate; ADV.

Definition
(adj) of an inappropriate or incorrectly applied nature Definition
(adv) at an inconvenient time
Synonyms : inopportunely
Example Sentence
  • he arrived inopportunely just as we sat down for dinner
  • she answered malapropos
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for malapropos

a PROPOSal to a girl(named MALA) must always be at APPROPIATE TIME, AND IN APPROPRIATE MANNER/NATURE....tus malapropos meaning can b understood

(mal)means bad..and (apro)apropriate=not apropriate or inapropriate

again the same thing,as she always used the word which conveyed a different meaning. Obviously anything which is not spoken correctly is always inappropriate

mal+appropriate

malcontent

Short Definition : person dissatisfied with existing state of affairs; discontented person; ADJ: discontented

Definition
(noun) a person who is discontented or disgusted Definition
(adj) discontented as toward authority
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for malcontent

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mal(means not in good state)+content(means satisfied)........iif you are not in a good state you cannot be satisfied.

mal(not ,bad)+content with(satisfied with)

Malcontent: With "Maal" (in Hindi means Goods) "Content" inside gifts nobody seems satisfied, so malcontent means dissatisfied or displeased person.

malediction

Short Definition : curse

Definition
(noun) the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)
Synonyms : imprecation
Example Sentence
  • he suffered the imprecations of the mob
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for malediction

MALEDICTION=MAL+DICTION. MAL means 'evil or ill' and DICTUM is 'saying'. So to say something evil is to CURSE.

male+(edict..sounds simillar to addict)....and imagine a situation where there is only one male in family who earns and if he becomes addicted to all bad habits like gambling,robbery,and alcoholism......he is curse on the family and society

Slang :: To see sheMALE(Chakka's) DICK(penis) is a CURSE for many of us.

living in a male dominated country is like a curse

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male+dictionary has curses is in it. similarly, 1) malefactor=male has criminal factor in him 2) malevolent=male is voilent(evil) sry!It was just to remember

mal(bad)+ediction(addiction)...hence any bad addiction is a CURSE by god..or some1

MAL means evil & DICTION means to speak, thus evil speak = MALEDICTION

Opposite of BENEDICTION (i.e blessing) .....so this MALEDICTION is curse.

malediction

malefactor

Short Definition : evildoer; criminal

Definition
(noun) someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
Synonyms : criminal crook felon outlaw
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for malefactor

see it as MAL-EFFECTOR who affects in wrong way

statistically(factually),male-fact; most of the malefactors are MALES.

sounds like fearfactor(tv show)......in which they do all deeds which are done by criminals......like breaking glass,eating insects,etc

suppose a woman commits a crime. Every1 calls her a hard ass. She is a hard ass. She has a certain Mele Factor

malevolent

Short Definition : wishing evil; exhibiting ill will; N. malevolence

Definition
(adj) wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred
Example Sentence
  • a gossipy malevolent old woman
  • failure made him malevolent toward those who were successful
Definition
(adj) having or exerting a malignant influence
Synonyms : evil malefic malign
Example Sentence
  • malevolent stars
  • a malefic force
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for malevolent

malevolent = male +violent Violent males can cause more harm to society than females

opposite of benevolent

violent males are wishing evil to the society

mal(bad)+vol(wish) bad wish or evil wish

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woo for evil ~ woo is to wish aspire something

malfeasance

Short Definition : wrongdoing; misconduct (by a public official)

Definition
(noun) wrongful conduct by a public official
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for malfeasance

Sounds like MAL FEES ANCE What do we mean by it if we say MAL FEES?? Certainly its a bribe. So Malfeasance means officials indulged in taking bribes, a misconduct.

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feasance=performance of an act (or feasibility=possible) mal = bad so, overall meaning is "wrong doing" or "possibly wrong"

malfeasance = male+ feast. i.e in the FEAST OF MAN ONLY,they will surely do SOMETHING WRONG.

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