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Definition illegal behavior by someone in a position of trust — such as a public official or corporate executive
  • She denied all allegations of malfeasance, insisting that the money in her account was a gift.
malfeasance = illegal behavior by someone in a position of trust
  • The mayor was charged with gross malfeasance.
  • malfeasance = illegal behavior by someone in a position of trust
  • No, actually the charge was malfeasance. Accepting remunerations for favorable decisions, that sort of thing.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • malfeasance = illegal behavior by a public official
  • Or whether they figured that the Lord had delivered the enemy into their hands, that they could get him dead to rights on the business of attempting to corrupt, coerce, and blackmail the Legislature, in addition to the other little charges of malfeasance and nonfeasance.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • malfeasance = illegal behavior by someone in a position of trust
  • It contained the order for Napoleon Bonaparte to be placed under immediate arrest, to be returned to Paris in irons to stand trial for treason, sedition, disloyalty, and malfeasance.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • malfeasance = illegal behavior by someone in a position of trust
  • Priest ! traitor confirmed in malfeasance.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • "I mean, we are talking about malfeasance here, aren't we?"
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "This malfeasance must be stopped," said Flora in a deep and superheroic voice.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • It is within my competence to adjust malfeasance and to see to the comfort and dignity of the passengers, for example, while the train is in the field of maneuver at Bolzano.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Like most Americans I am no lover of cops, and the consistent investigation of city forces for bribery, brutality, and a long and picturesque list of malfeasances is not designed to reassure me.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • "By advantage taken of one in fault, in dire peril, and at thy mercy, thou hast seized goods worth above thirteenpence ha'penny, paying but a trifle for the same; and this, in the eye of the law, is constructive barratry, misprision of treason, malfeasance in office, ad hominem expurgatis in statu quo—and the penalty is death by the halter, without ransom, commutation, or benefit of clergy."
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • ...waive my privilege of gentle blood, and come down and put myself on a level with the lowly birth of the wrong-doer, making myself equal with him and enabling him to enter into combat with me; and so, I challenge and defy him, though absent, on the plea of his malfeasance in breaking faith with this poor damsel, who was a maiden and now by his misdeed is none; and say that he shall fulfill the promise he gave her to become her lawful husband, or else stake his life upon the question.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "Malfeasance," Wilem said in a low voice.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "They can't let a student get off bird-free after they've voted him guilty of malfeasance."
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "The grievance of malfeasance against E'lir Kvothe."
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • He had accused me of malfeasance.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The charge of malfeasance was a serious one.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Self-defense or no, what I'd done was unquestionably malfeasance.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "This malfeasance must be stopped!" shouted Flora.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Would I stay in business if I made a habit of malfeasance?
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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