Part of speech: noun

A criminal.

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Usage examples "malefactor":

  1. You are not a politician, you are a malefactor. - "Napoleon the Little", Victor Hugo.
  2. They died tolerably submissive and penitent, this last malefactor, especially, having rational ideas of religion. - "Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences", Arthur L. Hayward.
  3. But if he has nothing of the malefactor about him, I must confess that he does not look like the hero I am in search of as the chief personage in my story. - "The Adventures of a Special Correspondent", Jules Verne.