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[mal-uh-fak-ter] /ˈmæl əˌfæk tər/

a person who violates the law; criminal.
a person who does harm or evil, especially toward another.
a criminal; wrongdoer

mid-15c., from Latin malefactor, agent noun from past participle stem of malefacere “to do evil,” from male “badly” (see mal-) + facere “to perform” (see factitious).


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