from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that has committed a crime; a criminal.
- n. An evildoer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A criminal or felon.
- n. An evildoer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An evil doer; one who commits a crime; one subject to public prosecution and punishment; a criminal.
- n. One who does wrong by injuring another, although not a criminal. Opposite of
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who does evil or injury to another: opposed to benefactor.
- n. A heinous evil-doer; a law-breaker; a criminal or felon.
- n. Synonyms Evil-doer, culprit, felon, convict.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
Dead in law, as a condemned malefactor is called a dead man because he is under a sentence of death; so sinners by the guilt of sin are under the sentence of the law and condemned already, John iii.
Sinners are dead in state, being destitute of the principles, and powers of spiritual life; and cut off from God, the fountain of life: and they are dead in law, as a condemned malefactor is said to be a dead man.
That she shall be exposed to shame: Thy lewdness and thy whoredoms shall be discovered (v. 29), as, when a malefactor is punished, all his crimes are ripped up, and repeated to his disgrace; what was secret then comes to light, and what was done long since is then called to mind.
Now the business of a judge with a malefactor is to convict him of his crimes, and then to pass sentence upon him for them.
When people clamor for justice in Israel but ignore massacres in Syria, Libya, starvation in North Korea, on and on -- are they interested in criticizing only if the malefactor is a Jew?
He saw himself as the shepherd dog does; until he had rounded him up the malefactor was his private responsibility, to be protected as well as cornered.
In this instance the malefactor was a woman, not a man, and her name was Grizel Cochrane, member of (or at least sprung from) a noble family, which later produced one of the most famous seamen in the annals of naval history.
At the trial it was discovered that the malefactor was a baptized Jew, by the name of Wadetsky Minsk.
This simple monarch knew that if a malefactor were the terror of the mountain hamlets, his subjects would expect him personally to take arms and pursue the ruffian; and if he refused to do so, would very probably experiment with another king.
'Here is all the town bizzing with a fine piece of work,' she writes, 'and what would make the thing more noted (if it were only known) the malefactor is a PROTEGEE of his lordship my papa.