[mal-fee-zuh ns] /mælˈfi zəns/
the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing (used especially of an act in violation of a public trust).
Compare (def 2), .
(law) the doing of a wrongful or illegal act, esp by a public official Compare misfeasance, nonfeasance
1690s, from French malfaisance “wrongdoing,” from malfaisant, from mal- “badly” (see mal-) + faisant, present participle of faire “to do,” from Latin facere “to do” (see factitious). Malfeasor “wrong-doer” is attested from early 14c. Related: Malfeasant.
[mal-fawr-mey-shuh n, -fer-] /ˌmæl fɔrˈmeɪ ʃən, -fər-/ noun 1. faulty or anomalous or structure, especially in a living body: malformation of the teeth. /ˌmælfɔːˈmeɪʃən/ noun 1. the condition of being faulty or abnormal in form or shape 2. (pathol) a deformity in the shape or structure of a part, esp when congenital n. also mal-formation, […]
[mal-fawrmd] /mælˈfɔrmd/ adjective 1. faultily or anomalously formed. adj. 1801, from mal- + formed, past participle of form (v.). malformed mal·formed (māl-fôrmd’) adj. Abnormally or faultily formed.
[mal-fuhngk-shuh n] /mælˈfʌŋk ʃən/ noun 1. failure to properly: a malfunction of the liver; the malfunction of a rocket. verb (used without object) 2. to fail to properly. /mælˈfʌŋkʃən/ verb 1. (intransitive) to function imperfectly or irregularly or fail to function noun 2. failure to function or defective functioning n. 1827, from mal- “bad, badly, […]
[mal-erb] /malˈɛrb/ noun 1. François de [frahn-swa duh] /frɑ̃ˈswa də/ (Show IPA), 1555–1628, French poet and critic. /French malɛrb/ noun 1. François de (frɑ̃swa də). 1555–1628, French poet and critic. He advocated the classical ideals of clarity and concision of meaning