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[mis-deed] /mɪsˈdid/
an immoral or wicked deed.
Origin of misdeed
before 900; Middle English misdede, Old English misdǣd. See mis-1, deed
offense, transgression, fault. Unabridged
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  • He was surprised and pleased, for he had vaguely connected this visitor with his own misdeed.

    The Home at Greylock Elizabeth Prentiss
  • Also, a blow or correction, as "you'll knap it," for some misdeed.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • And thus he had but little joy of the woman he had won by misdeed.

  • Therefore, someone must have discovered the misdeed and he was being cared for.

  • A Bengalee boy was accused before Mr. Scott of some misdeed.

  • Had he not atoned for that misdeed through years of suffering?

    When Dreams Come True Ritter Brown
  • He then took up the Penal Code, and found the article referring to the misdeed of which he was accused.

    Pietro Ghisleri F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
  • He wished to shake the recollection of his misdeed from him, but could not.

    The Son of a Servant August Strindberg
  • But with very different feelings had he viewed the possible revelation of his misdeed.

    A Traitor's Wooing Headon Hill
  • They did not think any the better of him, nor any the worse, because he was innocent of any misdeed.

    Corleone F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for misdeed


an evil or illegal action
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Word Origin and History for misdeed

Old English misdæd "misdeed, evil deed, sin," common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon misdad, Old Frisian misdede, Middle Dutch misdaet, German Missetat, Gothic missadeþs; see mis- (1) + deed (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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