mis·​do·​ing | \ ˌmis-ˈdü-iŋ How to pronounce misdoing (audio) \

Definition of misdoing

: the act or an instance of misbehaving : misconduct

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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, "How Watergate Set the Stage for the Trump Impeachment Inquiry," 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, "Write Stuff: Luanne Rice kicks off CT Authors Trail," 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, "Brett Kavanaugh, Chuck Bass, and How "Gossip Girl" Portrayed Sexual Violence Within the World of Prep School Privilege," 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, "Facebook Exposed 87 Million Users to Cambridge Analytica," 4 Apr. 2018 South Korean politicians accused of misdoing often apologize for causing trouble while still denying wrongdoing. Washington Post, "Another ex-S. Korean leader questioned in corruption probe," 13 Mar. 2018 There is no box that defines and confines who has the capability of perpetrating these misdoings. Kirsten King, Teen Vogue, "Aziz Ansari Allegations Show That People Have a Lot to Learn About Consent," 16 Jan. 2018 All of the angst could have been avoided if not for some political misdoings. Joe Haakenson, Daily Pilot, "Huntington Beach’s Igarashi uses Slater board to beat Slater and finish third," 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, "Listen Carefully for Hints of the Next Global Recession," 29 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of misdoing

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Misdoing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misdoing?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=m&file=misdo005. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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