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
Recent Examples on the Web With the Press-Register and other media willing to give credence to any other possibility, like police theories Donald had been involved in a drug transaction or some other misdeed, black leaders were driven to start their own paper, The New Times. al, 12 Apr. 2021 Yet his reputation is under fire after an investigation into one of his studies found evidence of manipulation—and elaborate efforts to cover up the misdeed. Hristio Boytchev, Science | AAAS, 8 Apr. 2021 Social media is a cruel world, where one misdeed can fuel fiery waves of misconception. David Hinojosa, ExpressNews.com, 5 Dec. 2020 Onel de Guzman, now 43, was widely believed to have committed the misdeed as a computer-science student in Manila 20 years ago. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 16 Sep. 2020 The crazy-smart rookie also has to deal with the Vulture (Michael Keaton), a criminal salvager using alien tech for various misdeeds. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 24 May 2020 Should similar violations be brought to light in the future, every player in uniform at the time of his team’s misdeeds gets fined half his annual salary. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, 19 Feb. 2020 Comey’s point might be stronger if the president’s misdeeds weren’t directly related to the upcoming election. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 25 Sep. 2019 Life Behind Bars Nielsen, who once struggled to pay her bills, got a 6 1/2-year prison sentence for her misdeeds. Morten Buttler, Bloomberg.com, 18 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of misdeed

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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22 Apr 2021

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“Misdeed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misdeed. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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