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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.


(ˌmæl əˈfæk ʃən)

an evil deed; wrongdoing.
[1595–1605; malefac (tor) + -tion]
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The first malefaction, occurring in 1 Samuel 13:8-13, stems from Saul's violation of Samuel's instructions.
Ancient palindromes were the words of Gods and the curses of demons, a vessel for witchcraft and monkish devotion, inscribed on holy baptismal fonts and amulets of malefaction.
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Given the propensity for flagrant malefaction exhibited daily by what Egyptians have come to know as "the thugs," both uniformed and in civilian garb, one cannot help but marvel at the fact that so many of those who committed crimes in service of Hosni Mubarak remain in their positions of privilege and power, permitted to greet each new day with new offences against their fellow citizens.
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Cruikshank (2004) suggests that unlike neoliberalism, neoconservatism favors a strong, sovereign role for the state in "re-moralizing" its citizens to combat moral decline and economic malefaction.
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In many cases, the prosecutors combined the several charges; the present analysis has counted only the greatest malefaction.