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malefactor

Line breaks: mal¦efac|tor
Pronunciation: /ˈmalɪˌfaktə
 
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Definition of malefactor in English:

noun

formal
A person who commits a crime or some other wrong.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
scoundrel, wretch, reprobate, rogue, rascal
informal crook, baddy
Australian informal crim
Law malfeasant, misfeasor
archaic miscreant, trespasser

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin, from malefact- 'done wrong', from the verb malefacere, from male 'ill' + facere 'do'.

Derivatives

malefaction

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈfakʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

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