Malefaction

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Malefaction A crime; an offense; an evil deed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n malefaction Heinous wrong-doing; a criminal deed; a crime; a wrong; a bane or curse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Malefaction (Shak.) a crime, an offence
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Malefactor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., male, badly, facĕre, to do.

Usage

In literature:

His preferred field of malefaction is the country that is most nearly anarchical.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
Their public malefactions were more flagrant.
"Old Quebec" by Sir Gilbert Parker and Claude Glennon Bryan
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