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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Musk and Tesla will also each pay $20 million fines as part of the settlement, but did not have to admit any wrongdoing related to the Aug. 7 tweets. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: With the SEC off his back, Elon Musk can return his focus to Tesla," 1 Oct. 2018 The inspector general has the power to investigate ethical and criminal wrongdoing by state employees, but must refer the case to a prosecutor before charges can be filed. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "Special prosecutor sought in Curtis Hill groping investigation," 10 July 2018 Yuccas said officials identified themselves as agents from the DHS Office of Inspector General — an oversight division that investigates possible wrongdoing within the agency. Kristine Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "CBS News interview with ICE whistleblower interrupted by surprise visit from agents," 28 June 2018 Though subsequent investigations into the 2008 and 2017 allegations concluded Daniels’ actions did not rise to criminal wrongdoing, the City Council says his behavior does not properly represent their city. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Citrus Heights council looks at censuring member Bret Daniels over stalking allegations," 7 June 2018 The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating any possible wrongdoing by the police officer. Charles Rabin And Martin Vassolo, miamiherald, "Witness says man shot by cops was no threat. Reps say cop heard he was armed over radio | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 Roger Self, a former law enforcement officer, ran a private investigations business called Southeastern Loss Management, mostly working for companies to investigate employees' wrongdoing. CBS News, "Man who allegedly drove car into family struggled with mental illness, pastor says," 21 May 2018 Suspicious-activity reports are not proof of criminal wrongdoing, but if the source is correct, last week’s reports only covered about a quarter of the $4 million worth of transactions that the bank found fishy. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Reports on Other ‘Suspicious’ Michael Cohen Transactions Have Gone Missing," 17 May 2018 In January 2017, Schimel’s office closed the investigation, finding no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Attorney General Brad Schimel concludes for the second time Project Veritas videos show no voter fraud by Dem activist," 14 May 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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