One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A transgression, especially the wrongful exercise of lawful authority.
dishonesty, dishonest dealings, unscrupulousness, deceit, deception, duplicity, double-dealing, fraud, fraudulence, misconduct, lawbreaking, crime, criminality, delinquency, wrongdoing, villainyView synonyms
- ‘There must have been a misfeasance or breach of trust.’
- ‘These public law remedies are additional to any private law remedies which would be available to him such as damages for misfeasance in public office, assault or negligence.’
- ‘I have evidence of perjury and the perversion of the course of justice and misfeasance in public office.’
- ‘In contrast with the tort of misfeasance in public office, bad faith is not an ingredient of the tort; it is not a defence for the defendant to say that he acted in good faith.’
- ‘The effect of this is that the occupier's liability is governed by the common law, which provides that he will be liable for negligent misfeasance but not for nonfeasance.’
Early 17th century: from Old French mesfaisance, from mesfaire, from mes- ‘wrongly’ + faire ‘do’ (from Latin facere). Compare with malfeasance.
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