un·​do·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈdü-iŋ How to pronounce undoing (audio) \

Definition of undoing

1 : an act of loosening : unfastening
2 : ruin also : a cause of ruin greed was to prove his undoing

Examples of undoing in a Sentence

My quick temper was my undoing. His quick temper helped lead to his undoing. The incident resulted in her undoing.
Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, much of his draft attempts to justify why this precedent merits undoing. Emily Cooke, The New Republic, 6 May 2022 Was Chanelle's vote against Mike her ultimate undoing? Dalton Ross, EW.com, 21 Apr. 2022 Perhaps it could be seen as Ms. Ma’s undoing, this eagerness to be of service that led her to sweep the sidewalk on a fateful morning last fall. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 Elbowing in and grinding down low, producing in those prime, sandpaper areas, often has proven to be the Black and Gold’s undoing in recent Stanley Cup play. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Jan. 2022 Now too we are faced with a climate-change capacity for wind, water and fire to be our undoing. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 Czar Nicholas II was compelled to introduce reforms to temper the despotic rule that had been reimposed after Alexander II’s assassination, but Nicholas’s temporizing and authoritarianism were his undoing. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 7 Mar. 2022 O’Toole is almost Hegelian in his understanding of history as a critical process in which eras helplessly recruit the agents of their own undoing. James Wood, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 Taylor Trammell hit a homer off Houser in the third, but much of the rest of his undoing came on weak contact. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of undoing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 May 2022

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“Undoing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undoing. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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un·​do·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈdü-iŋ How to pronounce undoing (audio) \

Kids Definition of undoing

: a cause of ruin or failure My quick temper was my undoing.

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