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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Definitions for malfeasance

  1. Wrongdoing, misconduct, or misbehavior, especially by a public official.

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Citations for malfeasance
But more often than not the same board members who were removed by the chancellor for malfeasance subsequently manage to get reelected in a political process that defies any form of accountability. Diane Ravitch and Joseph Viteritti, New Schools for a New Century
Cagney family conjecture was that Grandpop Nelson, with the temper of a dozen Furies, had likely committed some malfeasance in his native town forcing him to change his name when he left. John McCabe, Cagney
Origin of malfeasance
Malfeasance is derived from Old French malfaisant, present participle of malfaire, "to do evil," from Latin malefacere, from male, "badly" + facere, "to do."