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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For its part, USC has released a statement denying any wrongdoing. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What Is the College Admissions Scandal? Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman Were Indicted," 15 Mar. 2019 Neither have publicly admitted to any wrongdoing, and both have pleaded not guilty. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Elizabeth Holmes Faces Criminal Charges, But She Insists She's Not Guilty," 18 Mar. 2019 The governor hasn’t been accused of any wrongdoing, and prosecutors have said the donations were legal. Washington Post, "2 political corruption trials unfold in same NYC courthouse," 11 July 2018 Both Theranos and Walgreens have denied wrongdoing and filed separate motions to dismiss the federal class-action lawsuit. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "As Theranos drama unwinds, former patients claim inaccurate tests changed their lives," 5 July 2018 The school found no wrongdoing and a source confirmed the meeting is not connected to an NCAA inquiry that surfaced in January nor the move to terminate Kevin Ollie as men’s basketball coach in March. Dom Amore, courant.com, "UConn Investigated, Notified NCAA Of Assistant Basketball Coach's Meeting With Two Indicted In FBI Investigation," 8 June 2018 Diane Siskey has denied any wrongdoing, and MetLife has declined to comment. Rick Rothacker, charlotteobserver, "Proposed settlement in Rick Siskey Ponzi case would bring first payments to victims," 1 June 2018 The program offers lenient penalties and limited prosecution to companies that self-report wrongdoing under the FCPA, cooperate with government investigators, strengthen compliance practices and disgorge profit. Michael Dabaie, WSJ, "Fresenius to Pay More Than $231 Million to Resolve Foreign Corruption Probe," 29 Mar. 2019 Whether or not there are mom-and-pop investors who felt hoodwinked by some of their favorite celebrities, neither Khaled nor Mayweather offered an apology or admitted any wrongdoing for their promotional gambits. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "The federal government is cracking down on DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather for telling fans to invest in cryptocurrencies," 29 Nov. 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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