malefactor

  • 1 malefactor — mid 15c., from L. malefactor, agent noun from pp. stem of malefacere to do evil, from male badly (see MAL (Cf. mal )) + facere to perform (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)) …

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  • 2 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 malefactor — I noun bandit, brigand, convict, criminal, culprit, delinquent, desperado, evildoer, felon, gangster, hardened criminal, homo maleficus, homo sceleratus, hoodlum, hooligan, lawbreaker, lawless individual, mischief maker, miscreant, misdemeanant,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 malefactor — *criminal, felon, convict, culprit, delinquent Analogous words: miscreant, scoundrel, *villain, blackguard Antonyms: benefactor: well doer …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 malefactor — ► NOUN formal ▪ a person who commits a crime or some other wrong. ORIGIN from Latin malefacere do wrong …

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  • 6 malefactor — [mal′ə fak΄tər] n. [L < pp. of malefacere < male, evil (see MAL ) + facere, to DO1] an evildoer or criminal …

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  • 7 malefactor — [[t]mæ̱lɪfæktə(r)[/t]] malefactors N COUNT A malefactor is someone who has done something bad or illegal. [FORMAL] ...a well known criminal lawyer who had saved many a malefactor from going to jail. Syn: wrongdoer …

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  • 8 malefactor — noun Etymology: Middle English malefactour, from Latin malefactor, from malefacere to do evil, from male + facere to do more at do Date: 15th century 1. one who commits an offense against the law; especially felon 2. one who does ill toward… …

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  • 9 malefactor — /mal euh fak teuhr/, n. 1. a person who violates the law; criminal. 2. a person who does harm or evil, esp. toward another. [1400 50; late ME malefactour < L malefactor, equiv. to malefac(ere) to act wickedly, do an evil deed (see MALE , FACT) +… …

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  • 10 malefactor — mal•e•fac•tor [[t]ˈmæl əˌfæk tər[/t]] n. 1) a person who violates the law; criminal 2) a person who does evil • Etymology: 1400–50; < L malefactor=malefac(ere) to act wickedly (see male , fact) + tor tor …

    From formal English to slang

  • 11 malefactor — noun a) A criminal or felon. b) An evildoer …

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  • 12 malefactor — Synonyms and related words: bad person, blackguard, criminal, crook, culprit, deceiver, delinquent, evil man, evil person, evildoer, felon, gangster, knave, lawbreaker, malevolent, malfeasant, malfeasor, miscreant, misdemeanant, misdemeanist,… …

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  • 13 malefactor — ma|le|fac|tor Mot Agut Adjectiu variable …

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  • 14 malefactor — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. evildoer, wrongdoer, criminal, felon. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. criminal, evildoer, wrongdoer, transgressor, convict, villain, rascal, scoundrel, hellhound, wretch, jailbird, culprit, delinquent, outlaw …

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  • 15 malefactor — mal|e|fac|tor [ˈmælıfæktə US ər] n [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: malefacere to do evil ] old fashioned formal someone who does bad or illegal things …

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  • 16 malefactor — mal|e|fac|tor [ mælə,fæktər ] noun count VERY FORMAL someone who does something bad …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 malefactor — mal·e·fac·tor || mælɪfæktÉ™(r) n. evildoer, criminal …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 malefactor — [ malɪˌfaktə] noun formal a person who commits a crime or some other wrong. Derivatives malefaction noun Origin ME: from L., from malefact , malefacere do wrong …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 malefactor — n. Culprit, felon, convict, criminal, outlaw, evil doer …

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  • 20 malefactor — noun (C) formal someone who does evil things …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English