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

Definition of malefaction

: an evil deed : crime

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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

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First Known Use of malefaction

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Malefaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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