malefactor

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noun mal·e·fac·tor \ˈma-lə-ˌfak-tər\

Definition of malefactor

  1. 1 :  one who commits an offense against the law; especially :  felon <He favors harsh punishment for chronic malefactors.>

  2. 2 :  one who does ill toward another <a sinister malefactor abusing his power — Iron Age>

Examples of malefactor in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


MALEFACTOR Defined for English Language Learners

malefactor

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noun mal·e·fac·tor \ˈma-lə-ˌfak-tər\

Definition of malefactor for English Language Learners

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



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