malefactor

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noun mal·e·fac·tor \ ˈma-lə-ˌfak-tər \

Definition of malefactor

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

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Origin and Etymology of malefactor

Middle English malefactour, from Latin malefactor, from malefacere to do evil, from male + facere to do — more at do


MALEFACTOR Defined for English Language Learners

malefactor

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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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