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malefactor

[mal-uh-fak-ter] /ˈmæl əˌfæk tər/
noun
1.
a person who violates the law; criminal.
2.
a person who does harm or evil, especially toward another.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English malefactour < Latin malefactor, equivalent to malefac(ere) to act wickedly, do an evil deed (see male-, fact) + -tor -tor
Synonyms
1. felon, culprit.
Antonyms
2. benefactor.
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British Dictionary definitions for malefactors

malefactor

/ˈmælɪˌfæktə/
noun
1.
a criminal; wrongdoer
Derived Forms
malefaction, noun
malefactress, noun:feminine
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Latin, from malefacere to do evil
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Word Origin and History for malefactors

malefactor

n.

mid-15c., from Latin malefactor, agent noun from past participle stem of malefacere "to do evil," from male "badly" (see mal-) + facere "to perform" (see factitious).

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