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1. One who has committed a crime; a criminal.
2. A wrongdoer or evildoer.

[Middle English malefactour, from Latin malefactor, from malefacere, to do wrong : male, ill; see mel- in Indo-European roots + facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

mal′e·fac′tion (-făk′shən) n.
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(ˌmæl əˈfæk ʃən)

an evil deed; wrongdoing.
[1595–1605; malefac (tor) + -tion]
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