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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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  • Blackmail by television might be said to be the somewhat implausible malefaction attempted in this film.
Word Origin and History for 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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