Definition of malfeasance in English:

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malfeasance

Pronunciation: /ˌmalˈfēzəns/

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.

Derivatives

malfeasant

Pronunciation: /malˈfēz(ə)nt/
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.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: mal·fea·sance

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