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Misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official.

[Anglo-Norman malfaisance, from Old French malfaisant, malfeasant, present participle of malfaire, to do evil, from Latin malefacere; see malefactor.]

mal·fea′sant adj. & n.
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Noun1.malfeasant - one guilty of malfeasancemalfeasant - one guilty of malfeasance    
offender, wrongdoer - a person who transgresses moral or civil law
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