wrong·​do·​ing | \ ˈrȯŋ-ˌdü-iŋ \

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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An independent inquiry set up in late 2017 laid out a slew of industry wrongdoing in its final report published Monday, from loose lending to collecting fees from dead customers. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Australian Banks Have More Than Their Reputations to Worry About," 4 Feb. 2019 The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington apologized for the incident, promising an investigation that could lead to punishment up to expulsion if any wrongdoing by the students was determined. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "3 groups, many videos, many interpretations of D.C. encounter," 22 Jan. 2019 In the course of less than ten years, he was named as a defendant in four lawsuits filed by people alleging misconduct — he was cleared of wrongdoing in two, but settlements in the others have cost the city $250,000. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Police detective suspended after judge orders him to give up gun in domestic violence case," 13 July 2018 Kaveladze, meanwhile, is an experienced business executive who was the focus of a congressional money laundering probe nearly two decades ago (he was never charged and has denied wrongdoing). Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Paul Manafort is the first Trump Tower meeting attendee to flip," 14 Sep. 2018 More funding for investigators devoted to dissecting foundations the way Fahrenthold and the AG’s office have would be a good start, and help deter more wrongdoing as more duplicitous foundations learn that they might get caught. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The Trump Foundation shows just how preposterously light our oversight of charity is," 20 Dec. 2018 Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said Duterte meant drug killings are the only accusation of wrongdoing brought against him. Jim Gomez, Fox News, "Critics say Duterte admitted illegal killings, aides say no," 28 Sep. 2018 The Free Press reported Tuesday that Ingham County prosecutor Carol Siemon had referred East Lansing attorney Mike Nichols’ concerns about possible criminal wrongdoing by Schuette to the FBI. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Snyder: Referral to FBI of complaint about AG Schuette 'a serious matter'," 9 July 2018 Fractured relationship The graphic images of McDonald’s shooting reinforced for many a long-standing history of excessive force by Chicago police as well as a code of silence that protects wrongdoing. Annie Sweeney, chicagotribune.com, "Activist plans meetings for community to prepare for verdict in Laquan McDonald's killing by police," 9 July 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 \

Kids Definition of wrongdoing

: bad behavior or action


wrong·​do·​ing | \ ˈrȯŋ-ˌdü-iŋ \

Legal Definition of wrongdoing

: injurious, criminal, or improper behavior denied any wrongdoing

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