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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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 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 Since the purpose of the alter ego doctrine is to ignore the fiction of the entity and impose the underlying liability against the real wrongdoer, the time to test alter ego will typically be at the time that the liability arose. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 10 Apr. 2021 Far from a sympathetic portrayal of a wrongdoer, the show offers a look into a moment of comeuppance. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 22 Dec. 2020 BoJack Horseman, the phenomenal final season of which aired on Netflix at the beginning of this year, challenged its audience to plumb the depths of a wrongdoer’s psyche. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 22 Dec. 2020 Just like with government, sometimes the best way to force change is to drag the wrongdoers into the sunshine. Eric Heisig, cleveland, 22 Mar. 2020

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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 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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