mal·​e·​fac·​tion ˌma-lə-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce malefaction (audio)
: an evil deed : crime

Example Sentences

the town treasurer has been linked to the kickback scheme and other financial malefactions
Recent Examples on the Web And the principle remains that representing a malefactor isn’t, ipso facto, an act of malefaction. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 28 Sep. 2022 A pitch-framing specialist with rare agility behind the plate, Wolters must coax pitchers through Coors Field and its occasional malefactions. Orange County Register, 1 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Malefaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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: an evil deed : crime
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