wrong·​do·​ing | \ ˈrȯŋ-ˌdü-iŋ How to pronounce wrongdoing (audio) \

Definition of wrongdoing

1 : evil or improper behavior or action cleared of any wrongdoing
2 : an instance of doing wrong

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Examples of wrongdoing in a Sentence

The corporation's wrongdoings must be exposed. a local newspaper exposed the contractor's elaborate attempts to cover up his wrongdoings
Recent Examples on the Web What is 'unmasking?': How intelligence agencies treat U.S. citizens Republicans have seized on the issue to raise questions about possible wrongdoing during the Obama administration. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "Attorney general taps prosecutor to look into episodes of 'unmasking' by Obama administration officials," 28 May 2020 Under federal law and in most states, a company’s decision to take a product off the market can’t be introduced as evidence of wrongdoing or liability. Riley Griffin, BostonGlobe.com, "J&J talc phaseout seen as possible prelude to settling lawsuits," 20 May 2020 Hong Kong's police complaints council in a found no serious wrongdoing in the force's response to last year's mass protests, despite , instead focusing primarily on the actions of violent demonstrators. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "Hong Kong watchdog absolves police over protest crackdown, dimming prospects of accountability," 15 May 2020 Dominic Casey of D&A Investigations in Longwood, Fla., filed a motion Friday to intervene in the Independence County Circuit Court case, claiming to have access to financial records that show wrongdoing by the former vice president's son. Hunter Field, Arkansas Online, "New bid to enter Biden case filed," 28 Dec. 2019 Throughout the state’s lawsuit, school leaders maintained any wrongdoing was limited and the institution should never have been forced to close. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Globe U and MN School of Business students are owed refunds. After bankruptcy, they fear they’ll get nothing.," 22 Dec. 2019 The deal would not require the disgraced Hollywood producer to admit wrongdoing or pay anything to his accusers himself. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Emily Ratajkowski Writes 'F--- Harvey' Weinstein on Her Arm After His Reported $25M Settlement," 12 Dec. 2019 Rasmussen said that stemmed from internal accusations of theft from the fund but a staff review of the account found no wrongdoing. oregonlive, "Union County sheriff violated law, but beyond statute of limitations, DOJ says," 8 May 2020 Republicans worried about President Donald Trump's increasingly precarious political standing are seizing on the allegation to portray Democrats as hypocrites who only defend women who allege wrongdoing against conservatives. Alexandra Jaffe, Houston Chronicle, "'This never happened:' Biden denies former staffer's sexual assault allegation," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of wrongdoing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wrongdoing was in the 14th century

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31 May 2020

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“Wrongdoing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrongdoing. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wrongdoing

: behavior that is morally or legally wrong


wrong·​do·​ing | \ ˈrȯŋ-ˈdü-iŋ How to pronounce wrongdoing (audio) \

Kids Definition of wrongdoing

: bad behavior or action


wrong·​do·​ing | \ ˈrȯŋ-ˌdü-iŋ How to pronounce wrongdoing (audio) \

Legal Definition of wrongdoing

: injurious, criminal, or improper behavior denied any wrongdoing

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