Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012. (Several do not have a Greek prefix commonly used in English.) The list on this page is arranged according to the meaning of each prefix in English, then the Latin and Greek prefixes for that meaning. Quite often, a prefix and a suffix are added to a word root to change the meaning. But, alas, that is not how books begin. The Latin root word err means “wander” or “make a mistake,” which is a “wandering” from the correct answer. Let's take the word antisocial, for example. Membean is an incredibly effective way to learn words and permanently remember them. Let’s first of all talk about the root mal when it means “bad.” Doctors have to deal with all kinds of problems that have the root word mal in them. mar (Latin root) Meaning: sea Examples of Use: marine; maritime. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins A more sinister meaning of mal is “evil.” The word dismal derived from the Latin dies malus meaning “evil day;” it is easy to see why the word dismal came from this. MAL- Meaning: "bad, badly, ill, poorly, wrong, wrongly," from French mal (adv. The prefix "mal" means "bad," as in evil, wrong or harmful. An act of malfeasance is the “state or condition of the doing of something bad.”, The Latin root word mal means “bad” or “evil.”. From the example words in the above table, it is easy to see how roots combine with prefixes to form new words. Start studying Root Word: "men / min / mon". “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Middle English