[ mal-uh-fak-ter ]
/ ˈmæl əˌfæk tər /


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for malefactor


/ (ˈmælɪˌfæktə) /


a criminal; wrongdoer

Derived Forms

malefaction, nounmalefactress, fem n

Word Origin for malefactor

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