Malefactor Mal`e*fac"tor, n. [L., fr. malefacere to do evil; male ill, evil + facere to do. See {Malice}, and {Fact}.] 1. An evil doer; one who commits a crime; one subject to public prosecution and punishment; a criminal. [1913 Webster]

2. One who does wrong by injuring another, although not a criminal. Opposite of {benefactor}. --H. Brooke. --Fuller. ``Malefactors of great wealth.'' [1913 Webster +PJC]

Syn: Evil doer; criminal; culprit; felon; convict. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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