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[rawng-doo-ing, -doo-, rong-] /ˈrɔŋˌdu ɪŋ, -ˈdu-, ˈrɒŋ-/
behavior or action that is wrong, evil, or blameworthy.
an act that is wrong, evil, or blameworthy; misdeed; sin.
Origin of wrongdoing
1470-80; wrong + doing Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for wrongdoing
  • When the provisional government heard she had returned, they came to hear her story and absolved her of any wrongdoing.
  • Despite widespread accusations of bias and manipulation of data, the researchers involved were cleared of wrongdoing.
  • But nobody has turned up specific evidence of wrongdoing.
  • The attorney-general's ruling that there was no evidence of wrongdoing merely provided face-saving cover for his inevitable exit.
  • Politicians under fire have a habit of throwing back counter-claims of wrongdoing by others.
  • She made no systematic attempt to reveal wrongdoing to internal or external authorities, the defining action of a whistleblower.
  • When that argument was demolished, they claimed few knew of wrongdoing.
  • The company denies any wrongdoing and is suing the authors and editor for libel.
  • Cigarette companies have been accused of all sorts of wrongdoing.
  • Free-speech campaigners, who think the rich and powerful use privacy to shield wrongdoing, welcomed the decision.
British Dictionary definitions for wrongdoing


the act or an instance of doing something immoral or illegal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wrongdoing

late 15c., from wrong (n.) + doing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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