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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Workers could unite only in secret, ever watchful for employers, magistrates, parsons, and spies who might be their undoing. Astra Taylor, The New Republic, "In Defense of Liberal Conspirators," 6 May 2021 Also atypical to see a pair of powerhouses in cahoots like this, but K.C. further solidified an offensive line that was its undoing in Super Bowl 55, while Baltimore bolstered its draft options while solving a looming personnel issue. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Orlando Brown Jr. trade winners, losers: Who made out best in Ravens-Chiefs swap?," 25 Apr. 2021 The corruption and hypocrisy of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) would be its undoing, Chang argued. Perry Link, National Review, "China’s Moral Disfigurement," 15 Apr. 2021 But the financial meltdown that began in the mortgage market in mid-2007 and reached a climax with the failure of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 was his undoing. New York Times, "Bernard Madoff, Architect of Largest Ponzi Scheme in History, Is Dead at 82," 14 Apr. 2021 Venezuela’s economic collapse has so thoroughly gutted the country that insurgents have embedded themselves across large stretches of its territory, seizing upon the nation’s undoing to establish mini-states of their own. New York Times, "Terrorist Group Steps Into Venezuela as Lawlessness Grows," 26 Apr. 2021 That’s an active decision, easier to imagine undoing. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "How to Keep Your Cool When Markets Are Sizzling," 23 Apr. 2021 His full-throated endorsement of higher taxes was seen as his 1984 undoing. Virginia Heffernan Los Angeles Times, Star Tribune, "The metaphors and truths of the Reagan and Mondale eras," 23 Apr. 2021 New Netflix documentary Searching For Sheela sees the former Rajneeshpuram chairwoman returning to the spotlight to discuss her role in the cult's undoing. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Wild Wild Country‘s Ma Anand Sheela Has A New Story To Tell — Her Own," 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of undoing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of undoing was in the 14th century

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10 May 2021

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“Undoing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undoing. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of undoing

: something that causes someone's failure, ruin, etc.
: a state of failure, ruin, etc.


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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