wrong·​do·​er ˈrȯŋ-ˌdü-ər How to pronounce wrongdoer (audio)
: 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 Our culture wants wrongdoers to suffer, even at the expense of public safety. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2023 That could leave victims and survivors of that wrongdoing in this bizarre legal purgatory: overseen by a bankruptcy judge who does not have the power to rule on their claims against the wrongdoers but who has the power to prevent them from ever being heard. Libby Lewis, The New Republic, 3 Oct. 2023 The justices pointed out the negative consequences of shifting liability from actual wrongdoers to providers of services generally available to the public. Ron Wyden, Fortune, 7 Sep. 2023 To date the Biden administration has offered only lip service and modest funding to try to reclaim these funds and punish wrongdoers. Phil Gramm, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2023 After the Justice Department won guilty pleas in 2011 from Japanese auto parts manufacturers who conspired to fix prices on components in more than 25 million cars sold to American consumers, Mr. Cuneo represented car dealers in civil suits against the wrongdoers — a novel antitrust strategy. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, 27 July 2023 Meanwhile, the Black wrongdoer’s motives only get more and more monstrous, less sympathetic, less comprehensible. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 20 July 2023 This portrayal of Hood’s experience egregiously overlooks her as a vulnerable individual deserving of safeguarding, instead unjustly labeling her as a wrongdoer deserving of confinement. Melissa Brown, Essence, 29 June 2023 In some cases, criminal charges may also be filed against wrongdoers who have engaged in fraudulent practices that harm investors' interests. Chris Muller, Forbes, 5 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wrongdoer was in the 15th century

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“Wrongdoer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrongdoer. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


wrong·​do·​er ˈrȯŋ-ˈdü-ər How to pronounce wrongdoer (audio)
: a person who does wrong and especially moral wrong

Legal Definition


wrong·​do·​er ˈrȯŋ-ˌdü-ər How to pronounce wrongdoer (audio)
: one (as a criminal or tortfeasor) who does wrong

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