malfeasance

play
noun mal·fea·sance \ˌmal-ˈfē-zən(t)s\

Definition of malfeasance

  1. :  wrongdoing or misconduct especially by a public official

Examples of malfeasance in a sentence

  1. The investigation has uncovered evidence of corporate malfeasance.

  2. <a campaign to impeach the governor for malfeasance in office>

Origin and Etymology of malfeasance

mal- + obsolete feasance doing, execution


First Known Use: 1696


MALFEASANCE Defined for English Language Learners

malfeasance

play
noun mal·fea·sance \ˌmal-ˈfē-zən(t)s\

Definition of malfeasance for English Language Learners

  • law : illegal or dishonest activity especially by a public official or a corporation


Law Dictionary

malfeasance

play
noun mal·fea·sance \ˌmal-ˈfēz-əns\

Legal Definition of malfeasance

  1. :  the commission (as by a public official) of a wrongful or unlawful act involving or affecting the performance of one's duties — compare misfeasance, nonfeasance

Origin and Etymology of malfeasance

mal- bad + obsolete English feasance doing, execution, from Old French faisance, from fais-, stem of faire to make, do, from Latin facere



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up malfeasance? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to strike by flicking the finger outward

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog-cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ