Share this entry

Share this page

malfeasance

Syllabification: mal·fea·sance
Pronunciation: /ˌmalˈfēzəns
 
/

Definition of malfeasance in English:

noun

Law
Wrongdoing, especially by a public official.
Example sentences
  • This would occur whenever the public is made aware of official malfeasance or incompetence.
  • Unions and victims' groups have already accused the company of fraud, deceit and corporate malfeasance.
  • Even if they were just friends, that made it newsworthy, because it was about public malfeasance.

Origin

late 17th century: from Anglo-Norman French malfaisance, from mal- 'evil' + Old French faisance 'activity'. Compare with misfeasance.

Derivatives

malfeasant

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈfēzənt/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • They are a malfeasant U.S. corporation that has potentially caused us to lose $500 million.
  • How much gumption does it take to pillory the malfeasant editors, reporters, and publisher who turned to compost ages ago?
  • It's still possible that this is just a cataclysmic bankruptcy for which a few malfeasant executives will pay a stiff price.

Words that rhyme with malfeasance

complaisance

Definition of malfeasance in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rɪˈzɪlɪənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…