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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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Examples from the web for misdeeds
  • Some will complain that it is unfair to hold science accountable for the misdeeds of a minority.
  • In several cases, he has been sued for libel by those he has accused of misdeeds.
  • Our ex-governor did not have the inner integrity to step down and face his own misdeeds.
  • And it should be given teeth, including the power to ban or fine auditors for misdeeds.
  • He argues that the authorities are trying to cover up misdeeds.
  • That, indeed, would put themselves in jeopardy for their own misdeeds.
  • The stick is that those who turn down this opportunity and conceal their misdeeds risk prosecution and even prison if uncovered.
  • The accounts of these misdeeds would be sickening in the best of times.
  • His misdeeds included selling adulterated cement, the police said, and dealing in stolen goods.
  • Doctors are even being punished for the misdeeds of their patients.
British Dictionary definitions for misdeeds


an evil or illegal action
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Word Origin and History for misdeeds



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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