malfeasant, adj., n.
/mal fee"zeuhns/, n. Law.
the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing (used esp. of an act in violation of a public trust). Cf. misfeasance (def. 2), nonfeasance.
[1690-1700; earlier malefeasance. See MALE-, FEASANCE]

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