mis·​deed | \ ˌmis-ˈdēd How to pronounce misdeed (audio) \

Definition of misdeed

: a wrong deed : offense

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Examples of misdeed in a Sentence

She threatened to expose to the public the misdeeds he had committed. punished for her misdeeds by the church elders

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Linda Taylor quickly became a political tool wielded for purposes far beyond the contours of her misdeeds. Bryce Covert, The New Republic, "The Myth of the Welfare Queen," 2 July 2019 But in 1996, Wayne Wiegand published Irrepressible Reformer: A Biography of Melvil Dewey, which took a frank look at both his genius and his misdeeds. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Melvil Dewey’s Name Stripped from Top Library Award," 28 June 2019 The fans who have forgiven him, the people who stayed quiet during his misdeeds and the corporations that were only too happy to collect the revenue of his work all continue to play a role in supporting him. John Wenzel, The Know, "Commentary: Chris Brown headlining Summer Jam is a stain on Denver," 13 June 2019 Then in May, Little opened up about his other misdeeds in exchange for a prison transfer. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Serial killer Samuel Little, who has confessed to killing 93 women, indicted in Ohio cold cases," 3 June 2019 Every one of our misdeeds against the world irrevocably rebounds against us. Julian Ch Lee, Quartzy, "Godzilla is the perfect monster for our age of environmental destruction," 1 June 2019 Swaisgood is credited with rooting out the misdeeds in the IT department that led to charges against his client, the department’s general counsel Emily McNeeley. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Legal experts stunned by attorney Roger Synenberg’s ‘astonishingly terrible judgment’ in sending anonymous letter calling Cuyahoga County auditor a ‘snitch’," 5 June 2019 The tech business has had its share of mishaps and misdeeds over the years, and the concentration of power in certain digital markets is a cause for concern. Bloomberg View, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Don’t declare war on big tech," 7 June 2019 Renault's relationship with Nissan has been under stress, particularly since the ouster of the alliance's former head, Carlos Ghosn, who has been charged with financial misdeeds. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Renault continuing to study FCA merger proposal," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of misdeed

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of misdeed

formal : a morally wrong or illegal act


mis·​deed | \ mis-ˈdēd How to pronounce misdeed (audio) \

Kids Definition of misdeed

: a bad action

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