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malfeasance

[mal-fee-zuh ns]
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noun Law.
  1. the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing (used especially of an act in violation of a public trust).Compare misfeasance(def 2), nonfeasance.

Origin of malfeasance

1690–1700; earlier malefeasance. See male-, feasance
Related formsmal·fea·sant, adjective, noun
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malfeasance

noun
  1. law the doing of a wrongful or illegal act, esp by a public officialCompare misfeasance, nonfeasance
Derived Formsmalfeasant, noun, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Old French mal faisant, from mal evil + faisant doing, from faire to do, from Latin facere
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Word Origin and History for malfeasance

n.

1690s, from French malfaisance "wrongdoing," from malfaisant, from mal- "badly" (see mal-) + faisant, present participle of faire "to do," from Latin facere "to do" (see factitious). Malfeasor "wrong-doer" is attested from early 14c. Related: Malfeasant.

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