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wrongdoing

[rawng-doo-ing, -doo-, rong-] /ˈrɔŋˌdu ɪŋ, -ˈdu-, ˈrɒŋ-/
noun
1.
behavior or action that is wrong, evil, or blameworthy.
2.
an act that is wrong, evil, or blameworthy; misdeed; sin.
Origin
1470-1480
1470-80; wrong + doing
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Examples 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

wrongdoing

/ˈrɒŋˌduːɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of doing something immoral or illegal
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Word Origin and History for wrongdoing
n.

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

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