mis·​deed | \-ˈdēd \

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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The announcements come as part of the ICO’s sweeping investigation into data privacy violations, which began in March following a wave of news reports about Cambridge Analytica’s misdeeds. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "UK Regulators May Fine Facebook Over Cambridge Analytica," 10 July 2018 Born For This’’ does not really explore the impact of Jim Bakker’s misdeeds on the Winanses, leaving a potentially rich dramatic vein untapped. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "A spirited but flawed ‘Born For This’," 25 June 2018 In this case, the SEC did not suggest those types of misdeeds happened at U-M and no criminal charges were brought. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "How a down-and-out broker got University of Michigan to invest $95M," 22 June 2018 The implication is clear: Marchesa is a brand run by two women — one that’s entirely distinct from Weinstein — and these women should not suffer for Weinstein’s misdeeds. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Does Harvey Weinstein Profit From a Marchesa Comeback?," 10 June 2018 The crisis over Cambridge Analytica's alleged misdeeds snuck up on Facebook's leadership, though the company has made several last minute efforts at damage control. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Out on Cambridge Analytica Scandal," 21 Mar. 2018 Mueller, a lifelong Republican, and his team of attorneys have been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and associated misdeeds in the president's orbit since May 2017. Zeke Miller, chicagotribune.com, "Trump fumes at Mueller probe after raid on attorney," 13 Apr. 2018 There have been recent attempts to call attention to artists’ alleged misdeeds toward women. Robin Pogrebin And Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "Chuck Close Is Accused of Harassment. Should His Artwork Carry an Asterisk?," 28 Jan. 2018 The statement unequivocally rebuked Russia for a long list of old and new misdeeds. The Economist, "The American president lambasts his allies," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of misdeed

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of misdeed was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of misdeed

: a morally wrong or illegal act


mis·​deed | \mis-ˈdēd \

Kids Definition of misdeed

: a bad action

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