malefaction

[mal-uh-fak-shuhn]
noun
an evil deed; crime; wrongdoing.

Origin:
1375–1425 for an earlier sense; 1595–1605 for current sense; Middle English malefaccioun impotence; see malefact(or), -ion

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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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malefaction
c.1600, from L. malefactionem, noun of action from malefacere (see malefactor).
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Blackmail by television might be said to be the somewhat implausible malefaction attempted in this film.
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