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
Recent Examples of malefactor from the Web
The referees had an off night, even forgetting which malefactor player had how many technical fouls.
The religious police patrolled the streets looking for purported malefactors and were given a more or less free hand to do so.
As a result, 10 malefactors were wounded and brought to a hospital for treatment but were declared dead upon arrival.
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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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