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

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This time, Chuckling Squad also set up a Discord channel to document and share their misdeeds. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account got hacked—here’s what we know," 30 Aug. 2019 But Halperin has yet to undertake any sort of atonement for his misdeeds. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, "The Beltway Book of the Damned," 19 Aug. 2019 At the beginning, middle and end of his career, Jeffrey Epstein faced a reckoning with his misdeeds. Author: Marc Fisher, Jonathan O'connell, Anchorage Daily News, "For 30 years, prosecutors and victims tried to hold Jeffrey Epstein to account. At every turn, he slipped away.," 10 Aug. 2019 Will Laura Dern’s Renata figure out a way to appropriately punish her philandering husband Gordon for his misdeeds? Raisa Bruner, Time, "How Will Season 2 of Big Little Lies End? These Are the Most Convincing Theories," 17 July 2019 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

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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

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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