A person who commits a crime or some other wrong.
- Good policing and tough sentencing have pushed New York to a tipping point, deterring some potential malefactors from crime.
- The cure for crime is locking up malefactors and doing so with equal and impartial enthusiasm regardless of skin colour.
- She must have been a terrible malefactor indeed if her crimes are in proportion to her penalty.
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- Conversely, the apparatus of state censorship demands the literary malefactions it polices.
- I mean, this is malefaction, unimaginable violence against young women.
- For some of the publishing malefactions over the last three or four decades, the New Journalism surely can be held accountable.
Late Middle English: from Latin, from malefact- 'done wrong', from the verb malefacere, from male 'ill' + facere 'do'.
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