Definition of malefactor
- He favors harsh punishment for chronic malefactors.
- a sinister malefactor abusing his power
- —Iron Age
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
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: someone who is guilty of a crime or offense : a person whose behavior is wrong or evil
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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