wrong·​do·​er | \ ˈrȯŋ-ˌdü-ər \

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

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Some older enforcement probes may need to be dropped, the person added, because the regulator faces a five-year statute of limitations to fine wrongdoers. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Returning Government Workers Likely to Confront Glitches," 25 Jan. 2019 The thinking is simple: If would-be criminals know that just about anyone can turn around and use up to lethal force when under threat, these wrongdoers are going to be less likely to carry out criminal acts. German Lopez, Vox, "Florida man who killed black man in parking lot charged with manslaughter," 13 Aug. 2018 In New York City, that meant uncompromising pursuit of wrongdoers, from prostitutes and street-corner drug dealers to fare-beaters in the subways. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "The truth about 'zero tolerance': It doesn't work and always leads to disaster," 22 June 2018 And not just because a wrongdoer has finally been caught, but because apparently entrenched hierarchies are being dismantled. Tiffany Watt Smith, SELF, "Why I Stopped Feeling Bad About Feeling Schadenfreude," 29 Nov. 2018 These reformers want to change the incentives that shape everyone’s behavior, not just finger wrongdoers. Mark Schmitt, Vox, "Stop saying “drain the swamp”," 7 Sep. 2018 So King sponsored a contest to award $200 to the person who could coin the best word for boozy wrongdoers. Stephanie Schorow, BostonGlobe.com, "What should marijuana opponents do when their cause fails? A lesson from Prohibition," 23 June 2018 This man has done nothing to create confidence that wrongdoers will be accountable, answerable. Fox News, "Netanyahu on Israel's relationship with the Arab world," 20 May 2018 To them, this general ruling from Iraq’s most senior religious cleric was not a condemnation of certain wrongdoers, but a blanket call to replace the elite. Renad Mansour, Washington Post, "What to expect from Iraq’s election on Saturday," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of wrongdoer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of wrongdoer

: a person who does wrong and especially a moral wrong


wrong·​do·​er | \ ˈrȯŋ-ˌdü-ər \

Legal Definition of wrongdoer

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

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