mis·​do·​ing ˌmis-ˈdü-iŋ How to pronounce misdoing (audio)
: the act or an instance of misbehaving : misconduct

Examples of misdoing in a Sentence

the sordid misdoings of the city councilman were exposed as a result of an intense investigation by the local newspaper kept a watchful eye for any misdoing by the members of the clergy
Recent Examples on the Web Certainly in the reign of J. Edgar Hoover, the role of the bureaucracy, and Hoover’s role actually, was more often to aid Presidents in their misdoings, amid some of his own. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 25 Sep. 2019 An American journalist seeking to write about the rich celebrities instead learns about financial, political and treasonous misdoings – even murder. Carole Goldberg, courant.com, 3 July 2019 Yet, the very reality of 2018 is that Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Justice nomination pushed the seemingly consequence-free misdoings of those attending the country’s elite prep schools into the news cycle. Veronica Walsingham, Teen Vogue, 5 Oct. 2018 This is not the first time Facebook has had to publicly increase previous estimates of misdoings on its platform. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, 4 Apr. 2018 South Korean politicians accused of misdoing often apologize for causing trouble while still denying wrongdoing. Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2018 There is no box that defines and confines who has the capability of perpetrating these misdoings. Kirsten King, Teen Vogue, 16 Jan. 2018 All of the angst could have been avoided if not for some political misdoings. Joe Haakenson, Daily Pilot, 21 Dec. 2017 Reports about financial misdoings, the possible collapse of venerable institutions, rising unemployment caused by advanced technology — all of these affected the psychology of spending. Robert J. Shiller, New York Times, 29 Apr. 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misdoing was in the 15th century

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“Misdoing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misdoing. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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