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malefactor

[mal-uh-fak-ter]
noun
1.
a person who violates the law; criminal.
2.
a person who does harm or evil, especially toward another.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English malefactour < Latin malefactor, equivalent to malefac(ere) to act wickedly, do an evil deed (see male-, fact) + -tor -tor


1. felon, culprit.


2. benefactor.
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malefactor (ˈmælɪˌfæktə)
 
n
a criminal; wrongdoer
 
[C15: via Old French from Latin, from malefacere to do evil]
 
'malefaction
 
n
 
'malefactress
 
fem n

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malefactor
c.1440, from L. malefactor, from malefactus, pp. of malefacere "to do evil," from male "badly" (see mal-) + facere "to perform" (see factitious).
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