noun \ˈma-lə-ˌfak-tər\

: someone who is guilty of a crime or offense : a person whose behavior is wrong or evil

Full Definition of MALEFACTOR

:  one who commits an offense against the law; especially :  felon
:  one who does ill toward another

Examples of MALEFACTOR

  1. <she regards anyone who would cause the breakup of a family as a malefactor of the worst sort>
  2. <the victim was able to give a clear description of the malefactor to the police>


Middle English malefactour, from Latin malefactor, from malefacere to do evil, from male + facere to do — more at do
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with MALEFACTOR


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