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malfeasance

mal·fea·sance

malfeasance

 
 
pronunciation:
mael fi zns
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part of speech: noun
definition: an illegal act or wrongdoing, esp. by a public official.
The governor was charged with malfeasance after it was discovered that she'd spent public funds on a vacation home.
similar words:
abuse, misconduct
derivations: malfeasant (adj.), malfeasant (n.)
Word Parts
The word malfeasance contains the following parts:
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.