a person who violates the law; criminal.
a person who does harm or evil, especially toward another.

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

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
Taken in connection with the story of the malefactor who died yesterday, this narrative has a melancholy interest.
Jack loves his violent ways too much to consider any other route to heaven than that of the malefactor on the cross.
The birds learned to identify an aggressive researcher and ignore the others-and eventually they dive-bombed the malefactor.
The malefactor failed to pay the amounts charged to those accounts and thus the accounts became delinquent.
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