- a person who violates the law; criminal.
- a person who does harm or evil, especially toward another.
Origin of malefactor
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1. felon, culprit.
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Examples from the Web for malefactor
We had to stand with Ukraine to send a strong message to the malefactor Putin.The GOP Just Screwed Ukraine Out of Billions to Hurt Obama
March 26, 2014
Even supposing that Joggi were the malefactor, where was the rest of that money?Rico and Wiseli
Like a malefactor out on bail, he was painting a picture for the future.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
His rhoomatism's merely that malefactor's way of goin' onder cover.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
In this way, secured like a malefactor, I was ordered forward.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
Pizarro acquired the mastery of Peru by the act of a malefactor.Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi
John S. C. Abbott
- a criminal; wrongdoer
C15: via Old French from Latin, from malefacere to do evil
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Word Origin and History for malefactor
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