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malefaction

mal·e·fac·tion

malefaction

pronunciation:
mae lih faek shn
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part of speech: noun
definition: an evil or criminal act.
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The word malefaction contains the following parts:
-ification, -efaction Latin noun-forming suffix that means act or process of making or becoming
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The suffix -ification , -efaction forms nouns from verbs ending in -ify, -efy, -fy. It is a compound of fac, fic, fec, fact, fect + -ion. The -fy and -efy forms become -efaction (stupefy, stupefaction ); -ify becomes -ification (magnify, magnification ).