Origin of malefactorClassical Latin from past participle of malefacere from male, evil (see mal-) + facere, to do
A pair of malefactors.
The definition of a malefactor is a criminal or someone who does bad things.
An example of a malefactor is a bank robber.
- One who has committed a crime; a criminal.
- A wrongdoer or evildoer.
Origin of malefactorMiddle English malefactour from Latin malefactor from malefacere to do wrong male ill ; see mel-3 in Indo-European roots. facere to do ; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
- Dean tried hard to exclude Jennifer Radisson from consideration as a malefactor, although he reluctantly admitted his sole reason to pass on her as a suspect was his belief in her story.
- High, containing an altar, beneath which is a doorway leading to a vault, and a bronze statue of Luther, originally destined for his tomb; the university library, in which is preserved a curious figure of a dragon; and the bridge across the Saale, as long as the church steeple is high, the centre arch of which is surmounted by a stone carved head of a malefactor.
- The law recognized that a child should not be treated like a mature malefactor, and provided that there should be no criminal procedure, that the child should not be imprisoned or prosecuted, that his interests should be protected by a probation officer, that he should be discharged unless found dependent, delinquent or truant, and in such case that he should be turned over to the care of an approved individual or charitable society.