Take the Bad with the Good: Bene and Mal – 20 Words

benediction

a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection

We waited for him to speak, like a congregation expecting the minister’s benediction.Fever 1793
benefactor

a person who helps people or institutions

He does just that, becoming a wealthy benefactor of the impoverished, a generous and kind man beyond compare.A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age
beneficence

the quality of being kind or helpful or generous

The best way you can take advantage of the beneficence of the mentor is to be prepared and follow up on their suggestions.US News (Aug 12, 2016)
beneficent

doing or producing good

No thoughtful man can fail to appreciate its beneficent effect upon our institutions and people.Washington Post (Jan 21, 2016)
beneficial

promoting or enhancing well-being

Education at any stage of life is beneficial for brain health, from an online course to classes at your local community center or college.Los Angeles Times (Jun 2, 2017)
benefit

something that aids or promotes well-being

One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.The Glass Castle
benevolence

disposition to do good

He sometimes wondered if the country had lost its moral center, its sense of benevolence.Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, And A Dream
benevolent

showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding

She smiles down upon them, always the same benevolent smile, and is described as radiant.Cat’s Eye
benign

kind in disposition or manner

There was no benign smile upon Dumbledore’s face, no twinkle in the eyes behind the spectacles.Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
dismal

causing dejection

People like to predict the future, often a dismal future, but the future is not written.The Guardian (Jun 18, 2017)
maladroit

not quick or skillful in action or thought

He had been maladroit, he thought, had lost his presence of mind.Ward, Humphry, Mrs.
malady

impairment of normal physiological function

The general advice trends toward aiming for a healthy weight, eating nutritious food and getting exercise to prevent health maladies.Washington Times (Apr 4, 2017)
malaria

a disease caused by parasites transmitted by mosquito bite

He fell ill with malaria and nothing the healer concocted saved him.The Color Purple
malcontent

dissatisfied as toward authority

He dismissed them as “a malcontent group that is very vocal.”New York Times (Feb 10, 2017)
malefactor

someone who has committed a crime

But the emphasis can’t be only on prosecuting those malefactors, or protecting the whistleblowers who reveal their identities.The Guardian (May 24, 2015)
malevolent

wishing or appearing to wish evil to others

His Willy Wonka was gentle and generous but also vaguely malevolent—though only if you were a child bent on misbehaving.Time (Aug 29, 2016)
malfeasance

wrongful conduct by a public official

The government would be accused of negligence, incompetence, even malfeasance in its handling of the case.New York Times (Jun 19, 2017)
malice

feeling a need to see others suffer

It still surprises me to hear such malice in his voice.Red Queen
malignant

dangerous to health

It was not clear whether the lesion was benign or malignant.Reuters (May 24, 2017)
malodorous

having an unpleasant smell

Malodorous trash piled up on the sidewalks of Beirut in August after the government closed a main landfill, suspending garbage collection.US News (Sep 1, 2015)

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