wrong·​do·​er | \ ˈrȯŋ-ˌdü-ər How to pronounce wrongdoer (audio) \

Definition of wrongdoer

: one that does wrong especially : one who transgresses moral laws

Examples of wrongdoer in a Sentence

anticorruption crusaders are going after wrongdoers at every level of the nation's government
Recent Examples on the Web Make no mistake, the wrongdoer here was Mr. Murdaugh, and the diversion of these funds occurred away from Bank of America. Fox News, 10 Dec. 2021 Normally in a shooting death, the person pulling the trigger is the primary wrongdoer. NBC News, 22 Oct. 2021 The second principle is that only the person whose right has been infringed may take the wrongdoer to court. Adam J. Macleod, National Review, 9 Sep. 2021 The cybercrook merely plants the evil-doing elements into the cloud and then patiently waits until the OTA mechanism does the rest of the work for the wrongdoer by broadcasting it out into the fleet. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 16 June 2021 This weird story was the system working as planned, sort of: a wrongdoer cooperating with the investigation and quitting before the Senate had to get around to kicking him out. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, 7 June 2021 If any government contractor falsifies pricing or fails to deliver what was promised, the whistleblower on behalf of the government files suit confidentially (under seal) against the wrongdoer. Walter Pavlo, Forbes, 30 May 2021 So newsroom honchos face a choice between firing the wrongdoer and taking other remedial actions. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 So here is the question: Should the court take into account the events of 2005 to 2010 in determining whether the alter ego doctrine should allow the liability to bypass the entity and be imputed to the true wrongdoer? Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 10 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of wrongdoer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Wrongdoer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrongdoer. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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wrong·​do·​er | \ ˈrȯŋ-ˈdü-ər How to pronounce wrongdoer (audio) \

Kids Definition of wrongdoer

: a person who does wrong and especially a moral wrong


wrong·​do·​er | \ ˈrȯŋ-ˌdü-ər How to pronounce wrongdoer (audio) \

Legal Definition of wrongdoer

: one (as a criminal or tortfeasor) who does wrong

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