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

Definition of misdeed

: 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 Inside a box atop a table in the Orioles’ clubhouse, the little slips of paper hold the charges of each misdeed, awaiting judgement from the court — the Kangaroo Court. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 29 May 2022 When their children were young, Ann Bowden would ask her husband to discipline them for some misdeed committed while he was gone. Washington Post, 8 Aug. 2021 Corporate chieftains and politicians frequently bow deeply to the news cameras to apologize for this corporate scandal or that political misdeed. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Camps are regimented with multiple counting of inmates each day, security rounds to assure there are no misdeed afoot (drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, talking on cell phones ... Walter Pavlo, Forbes, 7 June 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of misdeed

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Misdeed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misdeed. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of misdeed

: a bad action

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