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malefactor

[ mal-uh-fak-ter ]
/ ˈmæl əˌfæk tər /
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noun
a person who violates the law; criminal.
a person who does harm or evil, especially toward another.
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Origin of malefactor

1400–50; late Middle English malefactour<Latin malefactor, equivalent to malefac(ere) to act wickedly, do an evil deed (see male-, fact) + -tor-tor
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British Dictionary definitions for malefactor

malefactor
/ (ˈmælɪˌfæktə) /

noun
a criminal; wrongdoer

Derived forms of malefactor

malefaction, nounmalefactress, fem n

Word Origin for malefactor

C15: via Old French from Latin, from malefacere to do evil
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