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

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 Negligence cases like Thomas’ rarely go to trial, and usually settle out of court – and out of the public eye – without the company admitting to wrongdoing. Amritpal Kaur Sandhu-longoria, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 The case was ultimately settled and Interplastic did not admit to any wrongdoing. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 22 July 2022 They are not charged with any wrongdoing in connection with the woman's death. Jalen Beckford And Christina Maxouris, CNN, 22 July 2022 To his supporters, Assange is a secrecy-busting journalist who exposed U.S. military wrongdoing in Iraq and Afghanistan. Frank Griffiths, ajc, 1 July 2022 None of the parties have admitted to any wrongdoing. Jared Kofsky, ABC News, 24 June 2022 As part of the settlement, Meta did not admit to any wrongdoing. New York Times, 21 June 2022 To his supporters, Mr. Assange, 50, is a secrecy-busting journalist who exposed U.S. military wrongdoing in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jill Lawless, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 June 2022 The company, formerly known as Facebook, didn’t admit to any wrongdoing as part of the settlement. David Uberti, WSJ, 26 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wrongdoing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wrongdoing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrongdoing. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for wrongdoing


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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