evil·​do·​er | \ ˌē-vəl-ˈdü-ər How to pronounce evildoer (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web If the camera lingers on a pair of stiletto heels, shouldn’t some evildoer be gaffed on one by the end of the episode? John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Spy City’ Review: Distrust in a Divided Berlin," 13 Apr. 2021 Portuguese for evildoers, while trying to downplay the insurgency’s significance. Matthew Hill, Bloomberg.com, "Mozambique Wants Africa’s Help to Fight Islamic State Insurgency," 20 May 2020 But the setting is Baghdad during the Iraq War, where the evildoers come in a variety of not only shapes, sizes and hat colors, but ethnicities, profit motives and watery allegiances. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Baghdad Central’ Review: Cowboys in the Green Zone," 26 Mar. 2020 Would this newfound power bring out the best in you, instilling you with the courage to discreetly sabotage the efforts of evildoers? Marc Longenecker, Time, "Beyond The Invisible Man: A Brief History of Invisibility on Screen," 4 Mar. 2020 Naturally, because this is an action comedy, they're also dogged by the violent evildoers who scammed Robert out of his life savings. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'AJ and the Queen': TV Review," 10 Jan. 2020 How election security can be compromised: There are myriad ways for evildoers to undermine the integrity of the U.S. election system. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "The biggest threat to U.S. election security may not be what you think," 9 Jan. 2020 Superpowers are obviously horrifying in the hands of evildoers; hence the story of the Seventh Kavalry trying to steal Dr. Manhattan’s power, the show’s most conventionally comic-book-villain plot. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "The Incredible, Indelible ‘Watchmen’," 16 Dec. 2019 Herzog's evildoer seemingly has nefarious intentions for the creature, but on set, Herzog had nothing but love for him. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'The Mandalorian': Star Werner Herzog is more obsessed with Baby Yoda than you are," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of evildoer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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20 Apr 2021

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“Evildoer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evildoer. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of evildoer

: a person who does bad or evil things

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