misdeed

noun
mis·​deed | \ -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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As often happens when someone spends awhile in the spotlight, the internet has resurfaced one of Cuarón's past misdeeds. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "What you should know about the debate before the Academy Awards.," 22 Feb. 2019 The greatest scoundrels are the holy men, who take their vows to hide some misdeed. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: They Fall to Earth, We Know Not Where," 18 Jan. 2019 Those liberals were patriots who loved America and would have had no use for people who see only its misdeeds. F.h. Buckley, WSJ, "Trump May Be the True Liberal," 31 Dec. 2018 The real injustice, the writer suggested, was that Beyoncé had gotten away with a misdeed for which white people are routinely criticized. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "The cultural appropriation debate has changed. But is it for the better?," 18 Dec. 2018 In the fallout from the president’s misdeeds, the nation went through wrenching political turmoil. Ken Starr, WSJ, "The Impeached President," 31 Aug. 2018 The picture Peters paints is one of a man capable of rising to the top of his profession and marshaling a team of lawyers to protect himself from the consequences of any misdeeds. Anna North, Vox, "Les Moonves and the myth of uncontrollable male desire," 12 Sep. 2018 All of which means the U.S. and Russia are sharing a political plot line that for once doesn’t include accusations of misdeeds. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Russia's World Cup: Will Vladimir Putin keep the peace?," 14 June 2018 To prove obstruction of justice, Mueller would have to show that Trump didn't just act to derail the investigation but did so with a corrupt motive, such as an effort to hide his own misdeeds. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump sought release of classified Russia memo, putting him at odds with Justice Department," 28 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of misdeed

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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misdeed

noun

English Language Learners Definition of misdeed

formal : a morally wrong or illegal act

misdeed

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

Kids Definition of misdeed

: a bad action

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