evil·​do·​er | \ˌē-vəl-ˈdü-ər \

Definition of evildoer 

: one who does evil

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Examples of evildoer in a Sentence

The sheriff is protecting the community from evildoers. if good people stand by and do nothing, evildoers will triumph

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Toxic Avenger is unleashed to battle evildoers and corruption. Charles Stockdale And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "The 24 most forgettable superheroes in movies," 5 July 2018 The result isn't a shades-of-gray spread of evildoers' responsibility. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom review: This nonsense has gone full Sharknado," 22 June 2018 After selecting a special agent name, spies use gear like a USB drive and polarized glasses to solve puzzles that defend the museum against a gang of villains, led by evildoer Vex. Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle, "Calling All Secret Agents to the Children’s Museum of Houston," 6 June 2018 But if the other truth is ignored by parents, well, go on blaming guns for acts of evil instead of actual evildoers. Greg Gutfeld, Fox News, "Gutfeld on Saturday's gun control march," 27 Mar. 2018 Whole gangs of crows followed the evildoer, scolding and dive-bombing. Kale Williams, OregonLive.com, "Latest weapon in Portland's war on bird poop: more birds," 7 Feb. 2018 In biographical details added in the ensuing decades, Jefferson Pierce was revealed as a child of the Metropolis slums and a former Olympic athlete who uses his control of electricity to fight criminals, corrupt politicians and other evildoers. Dave Itzkoff, New York Times, "On ‘Black Lightning,’ a Superhero Takes On Race, Justice and the Real World," 9 Jan. 2018 The old Imperial evildoers have been replaced by the suitably cartoonish-sounding Snoke (created by the hard-working Andy Serkis and digital effects), a wormy, towering ghoul with vivid scars and an insinuating sneer. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Embraces the Magic and Mystery. Read Our Review.," 12 Dec. 2017 Now that London's greatest sleuth is missing and feared dead, the city's evildoers are free to wreak havoc on the populace, including the rats who brazenly kidnap the mayor's daughter. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "Dobama Theatre's family show 'Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars' is slow going for all ages (review)," 9 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of evildoer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of evildoer

: a person who does bad or evil things

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