mal·​e·​fac·​tor | \ ˈma-lə-ˌfak-tər How to pronounce malefactor (audio) \

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 powerIron Age

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The attacker can essentially trick the AI into doing the bidding of the malefactor. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 16 May 2022 But Calvin pulls a knife on Lombardo, who starts throwing the (6-foot-4) malefactor around, an improbable feat. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 22 July 2021 On Halloween night in 1939, all were riding the elevator to the top floor when a malefactor's evil curse zapped them into the spirit world. Jen Juneau,, 24 June 2021 Where once conspiracy theorists looked to Russia as the enemy, they were suddenly left without a malefactor. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2021 The declaration makes no mention of any particular malefactor, and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau avoided offering any more specificity. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 16 Feb. 2021 The social-networking giant faces the prospect that malicious actors in the United States and abroad could try to undermine the process in the same way that Russian malefactors seized on the 2016 presidential election to sow social unrest online. Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2019 And yet, these malefactors are not nearly as dangerous as the first film’s Bergens. Christian Holub,, 10 Apr. 2020 The kids were doing themselves a favor — young people have more of a future for Senator Sanders and his coterie of socialist dingbat malefactors to ruin. Arising from the tumult, triumphant, was the dotty figure of Joe Biden. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 5 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of malefactor

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for malefactor

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

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27 May 2022

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“Malefactor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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