Middle English malefactourfrom Latin malefactorfrommalefacereto do wrongmaleillmel-3 in Indo-European roots facereto dodhē- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Latinmalefactor, from male (“evilly") + factus (“made or done"), past participle of facio (“I make or do").
Malefactor Sentence Examples
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.
In the precincts of a great shrine a malefactor finds a safe refuge from his pursuers and is lodged and fed, and from the security of his retreat he can arrange the ransom which is to purchase his immunity when he comes out.
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.