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Monday, July 22, 2002

Definitions for malfeasance

  1. Wrongdoing, misconduct, or misbehavior, especially by a public official.

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Citations for malfeasance
But more often than not the same board members who were removed by the chancellor for malfeasance subsequently manage to get reelected in a political process that defies any form of accountability. Diane Ravitch and Joseph Viteritti, New Schools for a New Century
Cagney family conjecture was that Grandpop Nelson, with the temper of a dozen Furies, had likely committed some malfeasance in his native town forcing him to change his name when he left. John McCabe, Cagney
Origin of malfeasance
1690-1700
Malfeasance is derived from Old French malfaisant, present participle of malfaire, "to do evil," from Latin malefacere, from male, "badly" + facere, "to do."