malefactor

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malefactor

noun bandit, brigand, convict, criminal, culprit, delinquent, desperado, evildoer, felon, gangster, hardened criminal, homo maleficus, homo sceleratus, hoodlum, hooligan, lawbreaker, lawless individual, miscreant, misdemeanant, offender, offender against the law, outlaw, racketeer, rapscallion, rascal, reprobate, rogue, ruffian, scamp, scoundrel, trespasser, villain, violator of laws, wrongdoer
See also: convict, criminal, delinquent, embezzler, felon, hoodlum, lawbreaker, offender, outlaw, racketeer, recidivist, wrongdoer

MALEFACTOR. He who bas been guilty of some crime; in another sense, one who has been convicted of having committed a crime.

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Reparations for historical malefactions are not as unusual as some may believe.
After all, they have broken the rules by which the rest of us abide and while we hope, perhaps forlornly, that they'll reform, we need to see them making reparation for their malefactions.
Noting that he has "heard / That guilty creatures sitting at a play / Have by the very cunning of the scene / Been strook so to the soul, that presently / They have proclaim'd their malefactions," Hamlet resolves to "observe [his uncle's] looks," and if "'a do blench" he will "know [his] course" (II.
But Norma Landau's essay persuasively argues that it was not their well-publicized malefactions per se that led to their downfall so much as their unseemly dedication to judicial business.