V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. a convicted criminal, especially a felon; 2. someone who does wrong or who hurts others
Synonyms: criminal, felon, wrongdoer, evildoer, offender, villain, delinquent
Antonyms: benefactor, humanitarian, hero, do-gooder
Tips: Malefactor is a word formed from the Latin male facere, "to do evil." This word is generally used to refer to criminals, but can also be used in a more general sense, of any evil person. A word related to malefactor is malediction, which means "to curse or say something evil against someone." Also, think of the word benefactor--someone who does good and provides money to institutions that help people. Remember benign is "good and without harm" and malignant is "harmful or wanting to do evil." Hence, a benefactor is a good person and a malefactor is an evil person. Other mal derived words include malignant, malign, malevolent, and malevolence.
It is the job of the police department to protect the people from malefactors. (criminals)
He was a malefactor who regularly betrayed others on behalf of his own success. (wrongdoer, evildoer)
She railed against them, calling down a violent malediction upon their household. (curse)
Prisons are full of malefactors who have committed a wide range of crimes. (criminals, offenders)
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