noun[mass noun] Law
- Wrongdoing, especially (US) by a public official.More 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.
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- 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.
late 17th century: from Anglo-Norman French malfaisance, from mal- 'evil' + Old French faisance 'activity'. Compare with misfeasance.
More definitions of malfeasanceDefinition of malfeasance in:
- The US English dictionary