malfeasance

[mal-fee-zuhns]
noun Law.
the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing (used especially of an act in violation of a public trust). Compare misfeasance ( def 2 ), nonfeasance.

Origin:
1690–1700; earlier malefeasance. See male-, feasance

malfeasant, adjective, noun
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malfeasance (mælˈfiːzəns)
 
n
law misfeasance Compare nonfeasance the doing of a wrongful or illegal act, esp by a public official
 
[C17: from Old French mal faisant, from mal evil + faisant doing, from faire to do, from Latin facere]
 
mal'feasant
 
n, —adj

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malfeasance
1690s, from Fr. malfaisance "wrongdoing," from mal- "badly" (see mal-) + faisant, prp. of faire "to do," from L. facere "to do" (see factitious). Malfeasor "wrong-doer" is attested from early 14c. Related: Malfeasant.
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Example sentences
They will pay for their heavy handed malfeasance.
In Chicago, a babbling burglar was telling a gripping tale of police
  malfeasance.
These contrasting prosecutorial strategies raise difficult questions about the
  correct way to address corporate malfeasance.
And with those huge paychecks came renewed incentives for malfeasance.
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