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[ee-vuh l-doo-er, ee-vuh l-doo-er] /ˈi vəlˌdu ər, ˌi vəlˈdu ər/
a person who does evil or wrong.
Origin of evildoer
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at evil, doer
Related forms
evildoing, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for evildoer
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  • He keeps on calling to the evildoer: 'Now you'll be found out!

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • And by the way, sir, your Church is solid for punishment of the evildoer.

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • Every effort will be made to prevent the evildoer, and to convert him to the good way.

    Freedom In Service Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw
  • But whose help can be implored by him, to whom the king himself acts as an evildoer?

    The Gtakaml rya Sra
  • He drew a powerful picture of the life of the evildoer here below.

    Rogues and Vagabonds George R. Sims
  • The evildoer mourns in this world, and he mourns in the next, he mourns in both.

  • Evil is he who dreams such dreams, and seven times an evildoer he who believes them.

    Jeremiah Stefan Zweig
  • There is nothing that makes us feel so good as the idea that some one else is an evildoer.

  • He was not, so far as can be learned, an evildoer, and he certainly was not beheaded.

    The Brighton Road Charles G. Harper
  • In fact the evildoer may not have done so much harm as one might think.

    Humanly Speaking Samuel McChord Crothers
British Dictionary definitions for evildoer


a person who does evil
Derived Forms
evildoing, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for evildoer

late 14c., from evil (n.) + doer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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