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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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 This is why kids get into trouble with sexting, cyberbullying or documenting their own misdeeds. Jeanne Whalen, WSJ, "Is Screen Time Bad for Children’s Mental Health?," 24 June 2018 Months later, following steady revelations about the company's misdeeds, the committee decided that Nix's initial answers were at best incomplete, and at worst, intentionally misleading. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Former Cambridge Analytica CEO Faces His Ghosts in Parliament," 6 June 2018 And gun violence is inarguably tragic; that a young man was cut down in the prime of his life is impossible to rationalize, no matter his stature or past misdeeds. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "How Will XXXTentacion Be Remembered?," 19 June 2018 The most that can and will be said is that, despite Coach Pitino’s rigorous and diligent supervision of staff, some engaged in misdeeds. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Attorneys: Louisville smeared Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich to save money," 4 June 2018 Even if Mr Wa Lone and Mr Kyaw are acquitted, or if the case is dropped, the message to journalists is clear: report on the army’s misdeeds, and risk years behind bars. The Economist, "Press freedom is waning in Myanmar," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of misdeed

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of misdeed

: a morally wrong or illegal act


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Kids Definition of misdeed

: a bad action

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