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Root Words #1 (mal, gen)

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malevolent
having bad feelings toward someone or something; spite, hatred
malapropism
a word used the wrong way; usually with humorous results
malicious
desiring harm to someone or something else
malodorous
bad-smelling
malady
a bad health condition; a disease
malaria
illness believed to be spread by bad air, actually spread by mosquitoes
malediction
bad speech; a curse
malefactor
one who does wrong; a villain
malignant
bad or harmful, producing death
malpractice
performing one's duty in a bad or wrong way
progeny
the children born to a person
generous
very giving, as if born with plenty of money
genius
a person born with great intelligence
gender
the sex a person is born, male or female
genteel
elegant, graceful, as typical of one born to the upper class
generic
typical of the original, but not coming from the true source
generation
a group of people born around the same time
genesis
the birth or origin of something
geniune
originating from the one true source
indigenous
born in, growing naturally in a particular region