mis·​deed ˌmis-ˈdēd How to pronounce misdeed (audio)
: a wrong deed : offense

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 In early January, Wayne LaPierre, the longtime head of the National Rifle Association, and Donald Trump were one floor apart in the civil branch of the New York State Supreme Court, each on trial for a range of financial misdeeds. Mike Spies, The New Yorker, 23 Feb. 2024 Nor should teachers flinch from illuminating the darker corners of our story and providing context about how those misdeeds still impact our present. Jeff Raikes, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 In Unbreakable, Bruce Willis’ character could see visions of someone’s past misdeeds, and M. Night Shyamalan drained the color out of those high-angle, surveillance-like sequences, except for the perp’s clothing. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Feb. 2024 Her defenders cry foul, saying that what matters more than her misdeeds are her status as a black woman and that of her critics as right-of-center nonacademics. David Harsanyi, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 Hegerty and Lenker are suspicious of one another’s motivations, and both are aware of the genuine politics and the less-genuine political optics of their conflict: An old white guy with a network of cronies up against a younger biracial woman who wants to expose his misdeeds. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 Her defenders cry foul, saying the outsider identity of her enemies and her own status as a black woman matter more than her misdeeds. Nr Editors, National Review, 5 Jan. 2024 The proof lies in countless movies, books, TV shows, podcasts, plays and even operas built around the minor-to-horrific misdeeds of real-life crooks. Christine Dolen, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Prosecutors have alleged that the Seed Movement engaged in misdeeds in collecting signatures to register as a party years earlier, that its leaders encouraged a monthlong occupation of a public university, and that there was fraud in the election. TIME, 15 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Misdeed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misdeed. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


mis·​deed (ˈ)mis-ˈdēd How to pronounce misdeed (audio)
: an evil or illegal deed

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