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 In clearing Ternand of wrongdoing, five of the board members, including O’Malley, found the officer justified in shooting Bright from about 50 feet away. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s new deputy mayor for public safety has sided with police officers in some controversial cases, including in alleged Laquan McDonald cover-up," 5 May 2021 The Huntsville Police Department’s internal review cleared Darby of wrongdoing, and the officer wasn’t disciplined. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Huntsville police officer testifies he feared for his life when he shot and killed suicidal man," 5 May 2021 Giuliani and his attorney, Bob Costello, have both vehemently denied allegations of wrongdoing. Lucien Bruggeman, ABC News, "Prosecutors ask judge to appoint 'special master' in probe of Rudy Giuliani," 5 May 2021 As Trump has doubled down on his false claims of widespread voter fraud, especially in battle ground states like Pennsylvania, Bartman’s case is among the few proven instances of wrongdoing. Washington Post, "Pennsylvania man admits he voted for Trump with his dead mom’s name: ‘I listened to too much propaganda’," 4 May 2021 Friends of Symonds have been installed in key positions in Downing Street and, in the telling of Cummings, protected by her even after evidence of wrongdoing. BostonGlobe.com, "Decorating scandal engulfs Boris Johnson and puts fiancée in spotlight," 2 May 2021 In some cases, the poll watchers lodged blanket claims of wrongdoing. New York Times, "G.O.P. Seeks to Empower Poll Watchers, Raising Intimidation Worries," 1 May 2021 Some of the investigations concluded with no findings of wrongdoing but others remain unresolved. Matthew Brown, Star Tribune, "Trump Interior secretary runs for new Montana US House seat," 30 Apr. 2021 Several other investigations into Zinke concluded with no findings of wrongdoing. Matthew Brown, ajc, "Former Trump official Zinke eyes Montana's new US House seat," 29 Apr. 2021

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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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10 May 2021

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“Wrongdoing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrongdoing. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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