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

Definition of misdeed

: a wrong deed : offense

Keep scrolling for more

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

At the same time, as flawed adjudications are overturned en masse, guilty students will be relieved of responsibility for their terrible misdeeds. David French, National Review, "How the Obama Administration Harmed Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault," 8 July 2019 Kogan, 33, sued the social giant in March, claiming the company scapegoated him to deflect attention from its own misdeeds, thwarting his academic career in the process. Frank Bajak, The Mercury News, "Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal: Data scientist drops lawsuit," 2 July 2019 The books is structured around a series of misdeeds that cause tension and rifts amid the foursome—the last of which turns the book into something like a domestic thriller, inflected with the trauma of early motherhood. Vogue, "10 New Books to Read This Summer," 31 May 2019 One camp that skews toward a younger generation of fans and media members believes the institution’s role is to tell the story of the sport via its best players, misdeeds and all. New York Times, "For Some Players, Not Reaching the Hall Just Brings More Fame," 20 July 2019 In part, that’s because the playwright has made the monologue shared by Gina (Duncan), whose atypical misdeed as a kid got her sent to prison, so compelling. Christine Dolen, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: ‘She Shorts’ puts women in the spotlight," 15 July 2019 Set in 1927, this 2018 fantasy finds Newt pressed into service with Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) to track down fugitive wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), who escaped while being transported to stand trial for multiple misdeeds. Ed Stockly, latimes.com, "What’s on TV Saturday and Sunday talk shows: ‘Planet Earth: The Hunt’ on BBC America," 12 July 2019 Overnight, the Czech immigrant, who had escaped the Nazis and even served as a member of Britain’s parliament, became synonymous with financial misdeeds, leaving his family legacy and name in ruins. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's Alleged Madam, Has Spent Her Life in the Headlines," 10 July 2019 Mr Senard was speaking at his first shareholders’ meeting since taking up his position in January, after Carlos Ghosn’s arrest in Tokyo for alleged financial misdeeds at Nissan. The Economist, "Business this week," 14 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'misdeed.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of misdeed

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about misdeed

Dictionary Entries near misdeed








Statistics for misdeed

Last Updated

14 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for misdeed

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for misdeed



English Language Learners Definition of misdeed

formal : a morally wrong or illegal act


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

Kids Definition of misdeed

: a bad action

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on misdeed

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with misdeed

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for misdeed

Spanish Central: Translation of misdeed

Nglish: Translation of misdeed for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of misdeed for Arabic Speakers

Comments on misdeed

What made you want to look up misdeed? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


of or relating to the heavens

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!