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malefaction

[ mal-uh-fak-shuhn ]
/ ˌmæl əˈfæk ʃən /
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noun

an evil deed; crime; wrongdoing.

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Origin of malefaction

First recorded in 1375–1425 for an earlier sense; 1595–1605 for current sense; Middle English malefaccioun “impotence”; see malefactor, -ion
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