from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. wrongdoing
- n. Misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official that causes damage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The doing of an act which a person ought not to do; evil conduct; an illegal deed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Evil-doing; the doing of that which ought not to be done; wrongful conduct, especially official misconduct; violation of a public trust or obligation; specifically, the doing of an act which is positively unlawful or wrongful, in contradistinction to misfeasance, or the doing of a lawful act in a wrongful manner. The term is often inappropriately used instead of misfeasance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. wrongful conduct by a public official
Anglo-Norman malfaisance, from Old French malfaisant, malfeasant, present participle of malfaire, to do evil, from Latin malefacere; see malefactor.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French malfaisance, derived from malfaire, maufaire (“do evil”), from Latin malefaciō ("I do evil"), from male ("evilly") + faciō ("do, make"). (Wiktionary)