mis·​deed | \ ˌmis-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
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Why I’m caving and finally buying an Apple Watch," 16 Sep. 2020 The crazy-smart rookie also has to deal with the Vulture (Michael Keaton), a criminal salvager using alien tech for various misdeeds. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Need a superhero binge? Here's the best viewing order of all 23 Marvel movies during quarantine," 24 May 2020 Should similar violations be brought to light in the future, every player in uniform at the time of his team’s misdeeds gets fined half his annual salary. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Astros’ steamy climate needs a cooling trend," 19 Feb. 2020 Comey’s point might be stronger if the president’s misdeeds weren’t directly related to the upcoming election. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Impeach Him For Real," 25 Sep. 2019 Life Behind Bars Nielsen, who once struggled to pay her bills, got a 6 1/2-year prison sentence for her misdeeds. Morten Buttler, Bloomberg.com, "She Stole $17 Million to Join the Rich, and Then Reality Hit," 18 Feb. 2020 During Giuliani's trip to Ukraine, the former New York mayor met with Ukrainians who have peddled unsubstantiated allegations of misdeeds by Biden in Ukraine and claims that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election. Arkansas Online, "Panel details its legal take on impeachment," 8 Dec. 2019 News outlets began reporting on allegations of misdeeds by Cho or members of his family, including embezzlement and trying to destroy evidence. BostonGlobe.com, "Crusading reformer divides South Koreans - The Boston Globe," 13 Oct. 2019 But this past week the president was irate that his attorney general had asked the Justice Department's inspector general - as opposed to criminal prosecutors - to investigate alleged misdeeds by the FBI in obtaining surveillance warrants. Philip Rucker, chicagotribune.com, "'We haven't bottomed out': Growing anxiety in White House as Trump shocks and rages," 3 Mar. 2018

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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 1 Dec. 2020.

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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

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