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
she regards anyone who would cause the breakup of a family as a malefactor of the worst sort
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
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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