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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
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derivations: malfeasant (adj.), malfeasant (n.)
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