malefactor

[ mal-uh-fak-ter ]
/ ˈmæl əˌfæk tər /

noun

a person who violates the law; criminal.
a person who does harm or evil, especially toward another.

Nearby words

  1. maledict,
  2. malediction,
  3. maledictory,
  4. maleducation,
  5. malefaction,
  6. malefactress,
  7. malefic,
  8. maleficence,
  9. maleficent,
  10. malegaon

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 Formsmalefaction, nounmalefactress, fem n

Word Origin for malefactor

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

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Word Origin and History for malefactor

malefactor

n.

mid-15c., from Latin malefactor, agent noun from past participle stem of malefacere "to do evil," from male "badly" (see mal-) + facere "to perform" (see factitious).

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