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Definition someone who does bad things
  • How do we keep malefactors from abusing the system?
  • This almost unique malefactor received a pardon, and was conveyed to New York, where she changed her name, and soon afterwards married.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • It was put up in wuld times by the relations of a malefactor who was tortured there by nailing his hand to a post and afterwards hung.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • Which be the malefactors?
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • They were cramped like malefactors with the chain and ball.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • We might have been hauled off to the police-station as dangerous malefactors.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • He looked at Poole, and then back at the paper, and last of all at the dead malefactor stretched upon the carpet.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • I was in the condition of mind to be shocked at nothing: in fact, I was as reckless as some malefactors show themselves at the foot of the gallows.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The malefactor was fixed in a chair upon a scaffold erected for that purpose, and his head cut off at one blow, with a sword of about forty feet long.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • There are a mystery and a solemn dignity in death, that dispose the living to regard the remains of even a malefactor with a certain degree of reverence.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • 'But yet' is as a gaoler to bring forth Some monstrous malefactor.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • If thou fail'st To find these malefactors, thou shalt own The wages of ill-gotten gains is death.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • A general amnesty is proclaimed; all malefactors may return to their town.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Well; what benefactors are they? are they not malefactors?
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • The poor man made a clamor over it: some malefactor had been there!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Since the seamstress had said something to him at the same moment, he had no chance to determine who the malefactor was.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It was like a reprieve to a dying malefactor, with a halter about his neck, and ready to be turned off.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • This gloomy fortress, which has for more than three hundred years furnished food for so many wild legends, seemed to Dantes like a scaffold to a malefactor.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • These words, in fact, represented to her imagination something very terrible indeed, something base and cruel, which she associated with malefactors and prisoners.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • He passed up the staircase and into the corridor along the walls of which the overcoats and waterproofs hung like gibbeted malefactors, headless and dripping and shapeless.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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