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mălĕfactor, ōris, m. [id.], an evildoer, malefactor (Plautin. and post-class.): malefactorem amitti satiu'st quam relinqui beneficum, i. e. it is better to let a malefactor go unpunished than to be ungrateful towards a benefactor, Plaut. Bacch. 3, 2, 11: ad vindictam malefactorum, Vulg. 1 Pet. 2, 14.