ETYM Latin, from malefacere to do evil; male ill, evil + facere to do. Related to Malice, and Fact.
1. An evil doer; one who commits a crime; one subject to public prosecution and punishment; a criminal.
2. One who does wrong by injuring another, although not a criminal.
ETYM Latin: cf. French transgresseur.
Someone who transgresses; someone who violates a law or command.
A person who transgresses moral or civil law; SYN. offender.