malfeasance malfeasance  /ˌmæl ˈfi zəns/


  • (n) wrongful conduct by a public official


  1. Invoking the harsh provisions of the new law for such a small misdemeanor was considered by the opposing party as an act of malfeasance.
  2. The reports of corporate malfeasance sent the shares of the the company tumbling across all bourses.
  3. The monumental malfeasance of the government departments has left the democratic systems of the country in a very fragile state.


  1. O.C. Assemblywoman Harkey dropped from lawsuit

    Assemblywoman Diane Harkey has been removed as defendant in a fiscal malfeasance lawsuit, a move that minimizes a potential campaign liability in her bid for the state Board of Equalization next year.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Orange County Register

  2. Tilting at windmills

    By Keith Yost STAFF COLUMNIST As Washington Post staff listened to the fantastical stories being woven by Edward Snowden, our leaker du jour, I can’t help but wonder why they didn’t greet his tales with a healthy dose of skepticism. Surely the memory of Bradley Manning, the private who cried wolf, couldn’t have been distant in their minds. For all the grand claims of U.S. malfeasance that ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Tech

  3. Supreme Court DNA ruling endangers basic rights (Other Views)

    Every time judges instruct juries in criminal cases, they caution jurors to be wary that simply because a person has been arrested does not mean that the person committed the crime, that the fact that the person stands before them accused of malfeasance is not evidence.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Troy Record


  1. "It is the product of a very significant set of compromises," said Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., the Financial Services Committee chairman. "We are dealing with the consequences of bad decisions and inaction and malfeasance from years before....
    on Jul 23, 2008 By: Barney Frank Source: USA Today

  2. Sen. Byron Dorgan, DN.D., said Wednesday that the committee is looking into alleged "mismanagement, malfeasance, retaliation against whistleblowers as well as potential criminal behavior" in the Aberdeen Area of the IHS, which includes North...
    on Jun 30, 2010 By: Byron Dorgan Source: Chicago Tribune

  3. The Satyam episode "is a blot on our corporate image and indicates how fraud and malfeasance in one company can inflict suffering on many and can also tarnish India's image more broadly," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in Mumbai today.
    on Jan 16, 2009 By: Manmohan Singh Source: Bloomberg

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