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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Both men falsely said that the Metro ethics committee cleared Evans of wrongdoing. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "Bowser taps ex-DMV director to replace Corbett Price on Metro board," 31 Aug. 2019 While Pullman frequently spoke out publicly when his members were accused of wrongdoing, Lynch has made virtually no public statements since becoming SPAM president Oct. 1 — even as member after member was convicted of overtime abuse. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "With one leader arrested and his successor facing recall, turmoil engulfs the powerful state troopers’ union," 28 Aug. 2019 But Nissan’s disclosure of its problems at the top could cost it dearly, and deliver a potential gold mine for the lawyers who squeeze multimillion-dollar settlements out of corporations accused of wrongdoing. Ben Dooley, New York Times, "Nissan Got Rid of Carlos Ghosn. The Way It Did So May Prove Costly.," 26 Aug. 2019 Weinstein was a longtime Hollywood film producer until dozens of women came forward to accuse him of wrongdoing. NBC News, "Harvey Weinstein doesn't think he can get a fair trial in Manhattan," 20 Aug. 2019 But complaints about the office’s investigative division had been mounting, including allegations in the GAO report last July that the office allowed officials accused of wrongdoing to participate in investigations of the accusations. Donovan Slack, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: VA whistleblower-protection worker asks for protection," 16 Aug. 2019 Baker Hughes, which was not accused of wrongdoing, was mentioned 11 times in the report. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Fraud Expert: GE used Baker Hughes as a vehicle to hide multi-billion dollar losses," 15 Aug. 2019 Verdicts in criminal cases are admissible in a civil case, and a guilty verdict is very good evidence of wrongdoing. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Who will get Jeff Epstein's hundreds of millions of dollars?," 12 Aug. 2019 His world comes crashing down, however, when the boy is shot during a routine police check and the offending officer is cleared of wrongdoing without going to court. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Nate Parker's American Skin to premiere at Venice Film Festival," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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