wrong·​do·​er | \ˈrȯŋ-ˌdü-ər \

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

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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 In the big picture, the American kakistocracy isn’t well equipped to punish an elite wrongdoer like Wells Fargo. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Wells Fargo has been ripping off customers. Why do 76ers, Flyers play in a shrine named for the banking company? | Will Bunch," 22 Apr. 2018 In the run-up to Mexico’s July 1 presidential vote, corruption and impunity for wrongdoers has been a big campaign issue. Fortune, "Welcome to Insider Trading Paradise Where No One Worries About Jail," 22 Mar. 2018 Dylan says wrongdoers are marked by their histories. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Alan Cumming gives 'Instinct' panache," 15 Mar. 2018 Opponents said the limits would diminish the AG's ability to go after corporate wrongdoers. Bruce Schreiner, The Courier-Journal, "Beshear: Limiting outside attorneys fees would cripple ability to take down drug companies," 16 Feb. 2018 And while yes, if court-storming were banned this wouldn’t have happened, the onus is on the wrongdoer. Dan Greene, SI.com, "As We Approach Tournament Time, Should Your Team Be Worried About its March Fate?," 15 Jan. 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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