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[rawng-doo-er, -doo-, rong-] /ˈrɔŋˌdu ər, -ˈdu-, ˈrɒŋ-/
a person who does wrong, especially a sinner or transgressor.
Origin of wrongdoer
1350-1400; Middle English; see wrong, doer
evildoer, culprit, offender. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In its present form the restriction operates only to the advantage of the criminal, of the wrongdoer.

  • Punishment is a favor to the wrongdoer, just as bitter medicine is a favor to the sick.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • The first thing we owe to the wrongdoer is to give him his just deserts.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • Woe be to the wrongdoer who triumphs in such a case as this!

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
  • An act done by a wrongdoer, not under the lessor's order, will not justify the lessee in quitting.

  • One would have thought he was the wrongdoer and not the wronged.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "Non-resistance" may be holy, but it encourages tyranny and makes easy the way of the wrongdoer.

    The Sequel George A. Taylor
  • And where the law cannot touch the wrongdoer, God, who is the author of law, can and will punish.

    True Words for Brave Men Charles Kingsley
  • When one nation wrongs another or wrongs many others, there is no tribunal before which the wrongdoer can be brought.

British Dictionary definitions for wrongdoer


a person who acts immorally or illegally
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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