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

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Under the deal, Teva admits to no wrongdoing and agrees not promote opioids in Oklahoma. Washington Post, "Oklahoma judge signs state’s $85M settlement with drugmaker," 24 June 2019 But in the years since, the investigation has led to multimillion-dollar settlements without ITT executives admitting to any wrongdoing, paving the way for some students' debts to be forgiven depending on their lender. NBC News, "Student debt scams flourish with rise in robocalls, advocates say," 24 June 2019 Instead, both sides agreed that the company did not admit to any wrongdoing, Morganroth said. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Quicken Loans’ $32.5 million payment far from largest for federal mortgage fraud lawsuits," 17 June 2019 Without agreeing to any wrongdoing, the city will formally untangle itself from Civic San Diego, per the terms of a settlement that will be implemented after City Council members ratify the changes a second time. San Diego Union-Tribune, "It’s official, San Diego’s downtown planning agency is finished," 4 June 2019 In 10 Things, Patrick owns up to his wrongdoing and buys Kat a guitar (which she’s wanted desperately) as an apology. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Is All Rom-Com Love Based on a Lie?," 12 Feb. 2019 Comey’s handling of the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails is often at the center of their theories, which trace Trump’s legal problems back not to any wrongdoing on his part, but to the political allegiances of top FBI officials. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "James Comey unloads on House Republicans and Fox News," 17 Dec. 2018 Allegations of corruption and wrongdoing by the militants are not hard to come by. Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times, "The Case of the Purloined Poultry: How ISIS Prosecuted Petty Crime," 1 July 2018 Marciano, without admitting to any wrongdoing, has settled with five accusers, including model Kate Upton. Elaine Quijano, CBS News, "New details about Paul Marciano's departure from Guess," 13 June 2018

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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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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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