[mal-uh-fak-shuh n]


an evil deed; crime; wrongdoing.

Origin of malefaction

1375–1425 for an earlier sense; 1595–1605 for current sense; Middle English malefaccioun impotence; see malefact(or), -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for malefaction

early 15c., from Medieval Latin malefactionem (nominative malefactio), noun of action from past participle stem of malefacere (see malefactor).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper