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

Definition of wrongdoer

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

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anticorruption crusaders are going after wrongdoers at every level of the nation's government
Recent Examples on the Web Just like with government, sometimes the best way to force change is to drag the wrongdoers into the sunshine. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Know a business not taking proper precautions to prevent coronavirus spread? Let us know.," 22 Mar. 2020 In December, a representative from the Western Hockey League, a junior league, asked Carcillo to share the accounts in his inbox in an effort, the official said, to investigate the wrongdoers. Robert Klemko, Anchorage Daily News, "A former NHL goon used Twitter to create a hockey-abuse hotline. His inbox exploded.," 20 Feb. 2020 South Wales Police began using it in 2017 to scan crowds attending soccer matches for wrongdoers, prompting a court challenge. Parmy Olson, WSJ, "London Police to Start Using Facial-Recognition Cameras," 24 Jan. 2020 In a 2017 decision, for instance, the Supreme Court shrank the amount of time regulators have to sue wrongdoers, significantly reducing the sums the SEC can seek to pay back fleeced investors. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Supreme Court Justices Indicate They May Further Narrow SEC’s Enforcement Authority," 3 Mar. 2020 Any wrongdoer who walks into a room and sees both of them behind the gavel? Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Judge Judy’s Show Is Ending After 25 Years — But She’ll Still Be On TV," 3 Mar. 2020 In the wider world, that’s why presidents and governors often grant clemency to people serving harsh sentences imposed long ago, after seeing later wrongdoers receive relative slaps on the wrist. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Hold on, Mobsters. Today, we're tossing it around the horn.," 12 Feb. 2020 Animal cruelty previously was only a federal crime if the wrongdoers created and sold videos depicting it. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for November 27: Impeachment, weather, China, cannabis, animal law," 27 Nov. 2019 Like flowers turning toward the sun, the victims center wrongdoers in their lives. Washington Post, "Haunted by humiliation, Carmen Maria Machado breaks form to address domestic abuse," 5 Nov. 2019

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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 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wrongdoer

: a person who does something that is morally or legally wrong


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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