EDUCATION PLUS

How is the word ‘malfeasance’ pronounced?

(J. Aditya, Kanpur)

The ‘a’ in the first syllable is like the ‘a’ in ‘cat’, ‘bat’ and ‘sat’, the ‘ea’ is like the ‘ee’ in ‘bees’, ‘sees’ and ‘cheese’. The ‘s’ sounds like the ‘z’ in ‘zoo’ and ‘zip’, and the ‘a’ that follows is like the ‘a’ in ‘china’. The final ‘ce’ is like the ‘s’ in ‘sip’ and ‘sit’. The word is pronounced ‘mal-fee-zens’, with the stress on the second syllable.

‘Malfeasance’ is a legal term and it is mostly used in formal contexts to refer to the dishonest and illegal behaviour of public officials.

Several cases of malfeasance by the higher ups within the party were never investigated.



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