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malefaction

[mal-uh-fak-shuh n] /ˌmæl əˈfæk ʃən/
noun
1.
an evil deed; crime; wrongdoing.
Origin
1375-1425
1375-1425 for an earlier sense; 1595-1605 for current sense; Middle English malefaccioun impotence; see malefact(or), -ion
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malefaction

n.

early 15c., from Medieval Latin malefactionem (nominative malefactio), noun of action from past participle stem of malefacere (see malefactor).

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