/mal'euh fak"sheuhn/, n.
an evil deed; crime; wrongdoing.
[1375-1425 for an earlier sense; 1595-1605 for current sense; ME malefaccioun impotence; see MALEFACT(OR), -ION]

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  • Malefaction — Mal e*fac tion, n. [See {Malefactor}.] A crime; an offense; an evil deed. [R.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • malefaction — index delict, delinquency (misconduct), disregard (omission), fault (responsibility), guilt …   Law dictionary

  • malefaction — early 15c., from M.L. malefactionem (nom. malefactio), noun of action from pp. stem of malefacere (see MALEFACTOR (Cf. malefactor)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • malefaction — [mal΄ə fak′shən] n. [LL malefactio < pp. of malefacere: see MALEFACTOR] wrongdoing; crime …   English World dictionary

  • malefaction — /mæləˈfækʃən/ (say maluh fakshuhn) noun an evil deed. {Latin malefactiōn , stem of malefactiō} …   Australian English dictionary

  • malefaction — |malə|fakshən sometimes (ˈ)mal|fak noun Etymology: malefactor + ion : crime, offense is most commonly attributed to the malefaction of a maternal relative Abram Kardiner …   Useful english dictionary

  • malefaction — noun Date: 15th century an evil deed ; crime …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • malefaction — mælɪ fækʃn n. wrongdoing, crime …   English contemporary dictionary

  • malefaction — n crime, wrongdoing, offense, transgression, breach, contravention; violation, trespass, encroachment, infringement; wrong, malfeasance, felony, Law. tort, Law. malversation, foul play; misdeed, misfeasance, hurt, harm, dirty trick, foul;… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • malefaction — mal·e·fac·tion …   English syllables

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