• WordNet 3.6
    • n malefactor someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Malefactor An evil doer; one who commits a crime; one subject to public prosecution and punishment; a criminal.
    • Malefactor One who does wrong by injuring another, although not a criminal. Opposite of benefactor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n malefactor One who does evil or injury to another: opposed to benefactor.
    • n malefactor A heinous evil-doer; a law-breaker; a criminal or felon.
    • n malefactor Synonyms Evil-doer, culprit, felon, convict.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Malefactor mal′e-fak-tur or mal-e-fak′tur an evil-doer: a criminal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. malefacere, to do evil; male, ill, evil + facere, to do. See Malice, and Fact
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., male, badly, facĕre, to do.


In literature:

With a cry of rage he threw himself out of bed and barred the retreat of the malefactor.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
Even malefactors at Tyburn forgive.
"The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain and Other Tales" by Hannah More
If we pardon one malefactor, a hundred others will spring up.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
Supernatural sanctions could be used to restrain malefactors of great power in less happy times.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
Barnabas and Louise had left me, resolving no longer to serve one who had undergone the punishment of a malefactor.
"Tales from "Blackwood," Volume 2" by Various
Smidt told his short story, and begged him to pursue the malefactor.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
If the malefactor be caught at once he is slain by the relatives of the woman.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
Would to God the memory of them might perish with the malefactors!
"Elizabethan England" by William Harrison
The malefactor, who was supposed to be an English cook, was never discovered.
"The Revolt of the Angels" by Anatole France
It is now a Presidio, or central prison for condemned malefactors.
"The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain;" by Nathaniel Armstrong Wells

In poetry:

Into the port where Liberty stands
Inviting the nations to woo her,
Malefactors swarm from foreign lands,
Whose tenets would surely undo her.
"Liberty" by Jared Barhite
You that dispose of all our Lives,
Praise him from whom your Pow'r derives:
Be True and Just, like him, and fear his Word,
As much as Malefactors do your Sword.
"A Paraphrase On The CXLVIIIth Psalm" by Wentworth Dillon
Mother, why are people crowding now and staring?
Child, it is a malefactor goes to His doom,
To the high hill of Calvary He's faring,
And the people pressing and pushing to make room
Lest they miss the sight to come.
"Good Friday, A.D. 33" by Katharine Tynan
Oh, the poor malefactor, heavy is His load!
Now He falls beneath it and they goad Him on.
Sure the road to Calvary's a steep up-hill road --
Is there none to help Him with His Cross -- not one?
Must He bear it all alone?
"Good Friday, A.D. 33" by Katharine Tynan
Here is a country boy with business in the city,
Smelling of the cattle's breath and the sweet hay;
Now they bid him lift the Cross, so they have some pity:
Child, they fear the malefactor dies on the way
And robs them of their play.
"Good Friday, A.D. 33" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

The callousness of the anti- genetic-engineering activists should appall us, and if we fail to oppose these malefactors, we should also be ashamed.