malefaction

noun
mal·​e·​fac·​tion | \ ˌma-lə-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce malefaction (audio) \

Definition of malefaction

: an evil deed : crime

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of malefaction in a Sentence

the town treasurer has been linked to the kickback scheme and other financial malefactions
Recent Examples on the Web A pitch-framing specialist with rare agility behind the plate, Wolters must coax pitchers through Coors Field and its occasional malefactions. Orange County Register, "2017 NL West season previews," 1 Apr. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'malefaction.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of malefaction

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about malefaction

Time Traveler for malefaction

Time Traveler

The first known use of malefaction was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for malefaction

Cite this Entry

“Malefaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malefaction. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on malefaction

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for malefaction

Comments on malefaction

What made you want to look up malefaction? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Here Be Dragons: A Creature Identification Quiz

  • monster werewolf photo
  • Which is a synonym of werewolf?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!