malfeasance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n malfeasance wrongful conduct by a public official
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Malfeasance (Law) The doing of an act which a person ought not to do; evil conduct; an illegal deed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n malfeasance Evil-doing; the doing of that which ought not to be done; wrongful conduct, especially official misconduct; violation of a public trust or obligation; specifically, the doing of an act which is positively unlawful or wrongful, in contradistinction to misfeasance, or the doing of a lawful act in a wrongful manner. The term is often inappropriately used instead of misfeasance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Malfeasance mal-fē′zans evil-doing: the doing of what one ought not to do: an illegal deed.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. malfaisance, fr. malfaisant, injurious, doing ill; mal, ill, evil + faisant, doing, p. pr. of faire, to do. See Malice Feasible, and cf. Maleficence
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. malfaisance—L. male, evil, facĕre, to do.

Usage

In literature:

Train them, set some sort of penalty for malfeasance.
"1492" by Mary Johnston
The thing to do was to return what they owed, and then, at least, no charge of malfeasance would lie against them.
"The Financier" by Theodore Dreiser
What a scandal and what an uproar a malfeasance of justice like that would cause if it were to take place in any of our courts of law!
"Bunyan Characters - Third Series The Holy War" by Alexander Whyte
Without hesitation he found either Jimmie or his companion to be guilty of malfeasance in office.
"Merton of the Movies" by Harry Leon Wilson
After the time of Philip Augustus there was malfeasance in the police of Paris.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume II. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
It is not wonderful that official malfeasance should become bold in proportion as the delinquents learn to think themselves safe.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
At Sienna he learned that his house had been pillaged and burned and he himself had been accused of malfeasance in office.
"Dante: "The Central Man of All the World"" by John T. Slattery
Now what sort of malfeasance have you committed?
"Murder in the Gunroom" by Henry Beam Piper
Pendarvis gave him his choice of resigning or facing malfeasance charges.
"Little Fuzzy" by Henry Beam Piper
Finally, they confessed that they'd shot Mr. Cumshaw, but they claimed it was right of action against political malfeasance.
"Lone Star Planet" by Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
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In news:

The long, strange case of a government scientist under investigation for alleged malfeasance appears to be over, but the official report on his case, if anything, makes the whole thing even more bizarre.
Except due to the malfeasance of Congress, the cost our debt must now be added to our on-going costs of govt.
The generally accepted definition of the word malfeasance is: Wrongdoing or misconduct especially by a public official.
Many members of Congress are guilty of malfeasance due to the way they let our economy get into such a mess and which will prove very costly to our country and its taxpayers.
How The Washington Post enables economic malfeasance .
Save the Corcoran Alleges " Malfeasance " by Museum Leaders.
BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Detectives arrested Officer Jake Chustz, 27, late last night charging him with Felony Theft, and Malfeasance in Office.
Local residents deliver documents that may show malfeasance in CTS case.
Going after ' malfeasance ' at housing agency.
River exec Glenn LaFave accused of malfeasance .
They should be charged with political malfeasance.
Former Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor Richard Cole has pled guilty to two counts of malfeasance in office today after investigators found that $48,000 of personal expenses were charged to his office credit card.
It restored honesty and accountability to state government by uncovering and cleaning up a quagmire of corruption and malfeasance.
Liberals, understandably, view this as evidence of malfeasance.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration says improvements are needed — some are already underway — at the Sewerage & Water Board, but there's no reason to suspect malfeasance among current S&WB leadership.
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