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malefactor

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noun mal·e·fac·tor \ˈma-lə-ˌfak-tər\

Simple Definition of malefactor

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

Full Definition of malefactor

  1. 1 :  one who commits an offense against the law; especially :  felon

  2. 2 :  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>



Origin of malefactor

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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