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malfeasance

[malfē′zəns]
Etymology: Fr, malfaire, to do evil
performance of an unlawful, wrongful act. Compare misfeasance, nonfeasance.
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Labouchere contended that his legislative action was motivated by a strong popula r mandate to punish well-born malfeasants, noting that the government "intended that the law should be used equally against high and low.
Keep in mind that the purpose of the TEA confiscations at issue here is general emission reduction and not punishment of particular industrial malfeasants.
Revitalizing this 30-year-old charge - that dependent women were schemers who debased their bodies and degraded motherhood for public money - depended on convincing the citizenry that dependent women were deliberate malfeasants or compulsive miscreants.