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malefaction

[mal-uh-fak-shuh n]
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noun
  1. an evil deed; crime; wrongdoing.
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Origin of malefaction

1375–1425 for an earlier sense; 1595–1605 for current sense; Middle English malefaccioun impotence; see malefact(or), -ion
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Historical Examples

  • The only doubt is that the malefaction is worth the burning.

    The Church of St. Bunco

    Gordon Clark

  • His preferred field of malefaction is the country that is most nearly anarchical.


Word Origin and History for malefaction

n.

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

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